Red Wings hire Pat Verbeek as assistant general manager

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DETROIT (WOOD) — Steve Yzerman has begun forming his front office in Detroit. The Red Wings announced Monday they have hired former Red Wing Pat Verbeek as assistant general manager.

The move serves as the latest development in a string of front office changes for the organization. Over the weekend, multiple reports stated that longtime Red Wings’ executive Ken Holland will be moving onto a new challenge as general manager with the Edmonton Oilers.

The deal has not been officially announced, but TSN reports that it should happen sometime this week.

Verbeek will serve alongside current assistant general manager Ryan Martin in the Red Wings’ front office and will focus on player personnel decisions. Martin will continue to serve as general manager of the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Verbeek worked as director of player personnel for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and previously had international management experience for Hockey Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, in which Canada won the gold medal.

As a player, Verbeek logged 1,063 points (521-541-1,063) and 2,905 penalty minutes over a 1,424-game NHL career, spent with the New Jersey Devils (1982-89), Hartford Whalers (1989-95), New York Rangers (1994-96), Dallas Stars (1996-99; 01-02) and Red Wings (1999-01).

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