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Red Wings hire two more coaches for Babcock’s staff

Jul 30, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

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The Red Wings have hired a couple of new coaches — Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer — to work under bench boss Mike Babcock.

From the club’s press release:

Hiller, 45, joins the organization after 11 years in the Western Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League, most recently as head coach of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans from 2009-14. In 360 regular-season games behind the Americans bench, Hiller compiled a 210-124-11-15 record, helping the team to four playoff berths, two U.S. Division titles and an appearance in the WHL Finals in 2010. In 2011-12, Hiller was honored as the WHL’s Coach of the Year and won the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award as the top coach in the Canadian Hockey League after leading Tri-City to a 50-18-2-2 record.

Brewer joins the Red Wings after spending three years with Hockey Canada, serving as the organization’s video coach for various international events, most recently working with Mike Babcock for Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The Red Wings had already hired Tony Granato as an assistant coach — a move that filled half the hole left by the departures of Bill Peters (Carolina’s new head coach) and Tom Renney (the new president of Hockey Canada). Detroit also lost its video coordinator, Keith McKittrick, who left Motown to become an assistant coach with WHL Portland.

  1. blomfeld - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    ONLY ‘TWO’ MORE COACHES ?

    With all due respect Brough, like is this a typo or something ? I mean seriously, shouldn’t this freak be hiring at least 200 more coaches given his ‘weirdo’ fetish for data and analytics ?

    • JoeAvg - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      You, blomfeld, have absolutely zero room to be calling someone else a freak or a weirdo.

      • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        ‘average’ I am not, just like people who need ‘room’ to operate are average …

        Blomfeld: Tiger One to Tiger Two, over ?

        Stransky: Tiger Two here, over ?

        Blomfeld: Tiger Two, kindly blow that piece of junk off the bridge, over ?

        Stransky: consider it done comrade … hail victory ! :)

  2. mshantz22 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Based on what Jim Hiller has already done, I’d say he might be well on his way to becoming an NHL coach after a few years as an assistant.

  3. adamal17 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    If Babcock stays on after this year (reported to be discussing a new contract with Holland in mid August when both are back in Michigan) then at least one of these guys will be an NHL head coach within two or three years. As mshantz22 said I believe it will be Jim Hiller. It’s also only a matter of time until Jiri Fischer is coaching at an NHL level and working his way to be a head coach. I just hope Babs never leaves the Wings…but if he does leave we have Jeff Blashill to take over…and they sound exactly alike. it’s creepy actually.

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