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BLASHILL RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS

July 10, 2012

by Kyle Kujawa - griffinshockey.com

In a way, when the Grand Rapids Griffins officially introduced Jeff Blashill as their new head coach on June 28, it was a homecoming for the now-former Detroit Red Wings assistant. In another sense, virtually the entire state of Michigan is “home” for Blashill.

Born in Detroit and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Blashill has rapidly ascended hockey’s coaching ladder, joining his fourth team in four seasons now.

“I knew my next step in the coaching ladder was an American Hockey League head coaching job,” said Blashill at his introductory press conference. “If I was asked a month ago what the perfect scenario for my next job would be, I would have stated that it would have been the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.”

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