GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Haven native and former NHL Coach of the Year Dan Bylsma had yet to put on the Winged Wheel by the end of the Detroit Red Wings’ development camp.
Bylsma’s addition to head coach Jeff Blashill’s staff was announced on June 22, but as of July 1, he was still working on wearing his new team’s logo.
“I’m truly excited about it, it’s a chance to come home, so to speak, to the home state and a team that was my team growing up for 20 years,” Bylsma said. “It will be a proud moment putting it on.”
Bylsma was also the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons from 2015 to 2017 and won a Stanley Cup as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. Despite his experience as a head coach, Bylsma was willing to take on an assistant role in Detroit because of the organization’s infrastructure and history.
“It was important to me to have good people and a good organization and a good group to get involved with as a coach again,” he said.
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