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New Red Wings assistant ‘couldn’t be happier’ to get opportunity to work under Babcock

Jul 30, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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“It’s awfully exciting. I spent a lot of time in juniors, always with an eye on the NHL. Had a chance to start discussing with Mike about the opportunity and couldn’t be happier that my first opportunity is with a guy like Mike. I don’t know if there’s any better guy to start with.”

That was new Red Wings assistant coach Jim Hiller (per, talking today about the opportunity he’ll have to work under head coach Mike Babcock in Detroit.

Hiller has already been a successful junior head coach, most recently with WHL Tri-City. The 45-year-old is now hoping to be the next Babcock disciple to learn from one of the most successful bench bosses in the game today, then maybe graduate to a head-coaching job of his own in the NHL, a la Todd McLellan, Paul MacLean, and Bill Peters.

“There’s a reason Mike has done a great job,” said Hiller. “He’s got a great network. He mentors them so we can learn from him. For any coach to be around a guy with his strengths and experience in success only makes you better. That’s what we all want to do as coaches; we want to get better and around Mike you can do that.”

  1. lowenni - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    That says a lot about Babcock. Not saying he should’ve won Jack Adams last year over Roy, Roy deserves it, but Babcock is the best coach in the game. One of the best ever. His understanding of the sport and ability to adapt to any team and situation is amazing.

    • blomfeld - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Record: 39-28-15 (93 points)
      Finished 4th in NHL Atlantic Division
      Coach: Mike Babcock (39-28-15)

      Goals For: 222 (17th of 30), Goals Against: 230 (17th of 30)
      SRS: -0.14 (18th of 30), SOS: -0.04 (25th of 30)

      Lost Conference Quarter-Finals in ‘pathetic’ fashion (4-1) versus Boston Bruins



  2. blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    ‘ZIP IT’ HILLER !!!

    The bottom line is that the Red Wings are now in ‘decline’ and there’s positively nothing that ‘Data’ man can do about it ! LOL ! If Babcock had any brains, then instead of hiring dolts like Hiller, he’d simply contract out his ‘fetish’ for statistics to some reputable accounting firm like KPMG or Deloitte Touche. But no, Babcock insists on playing the role of Mister ‘Know It All’ which the establishment seems only too keen too encourage. Well here’s a newsflash for you ‘Data’ man. We LA Kings are the reigning SC Champs, led by a coach who doesn’t speak ‘fancy’ like you but is nonetheless ‘light years’ ahead of you when it comes to ‘true’ leadership ! Yes sir ! And check this out … we Kings are going to repeat in 2015, while you ‘analyzers’ will be lucky to just make the playoffs !!!

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • thethorntonstrokes - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:33 AM

      Your father should’ve pulled out.

      • blomfeld - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        go back to your barn and your pigs, loser !

  3. holographicribs - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    How many people showed up to the Kings parade, again? 10,000? 20,000? LA sure loves it’s hockey.


    • blomfeld - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      go back to your sewer friend, there where your fellow vermin ‘need’ you !

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