Detroit Red Wings make Derek Lalonde their new head coach

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Detroit Red Wings executive president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Derek Lalonde as their new head coach on Thursday.

“I’m very pleased to announce Derek as our new head coach,” Yzerman said is a statement. “He has proven himself as an excellent coach at every level and has spent the last four seasons in the National Hockey League as part of a very successful program in Tampa Bay. We feel he is ready to take the next step in his career as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.”

Red Wings hire Derek Lalonde

Lalonde has spent the last four years as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 49-year-old helped the Lightning reach the playoffs four straight times, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2020 and 2021 and three straight Stanley Cup Final appearances.

In Lalonde’s first year with the team, he helped Tampa Bay earn the franchise’s first President’s Trophy in 2018-19.

Detroit has a history of success, but the franchise has struggled recently. After earning a spot in the postseason 25 straight times and winning the Stanley Cup four times in that span, the Red Wings have missed the playoffs for six consecutive years.

“I’m thrilled to be named head coach of the Red Wings,” said Lalonde. “I’d like to thank Chris Ilitch and the entire Ilitch family, as well as Steve Yzerman and the Red Wings management team for entrusting me with the opportunity to lead this historic franchise. I’m ready to get to work with our group. There’s a very bright future ahead in Detroit.”

–Field Level Media