Wings Tap Stothers For Griffins Post
Longtime AHL Assistant Given Top Slot...
By Jason Kasiorek
The search for the new Griffins head coach is over. While the parent Detroit Red Wings had plenty of candidates for the open head coaching slot in Grand Rapids, the decision on Greg Irelandıs replacement dragged on for over a month. In the end experience won out as longtime AHL assistant coach Mike Stothers got the nod. Stothers, no stranger to the American Hockey League, spent parts of 11 seasons as a hard rock defenseman in the league before embarking on a coaching career. His coaching resume is fairly extensive, starting out with seven seasons split between the Hershey Bears and Philadelphia Phantoms before graduating to the NHL for two years with the Flyers. Most recently he has been the head coach of the OHL's Owen Sound Attack, compiling a 160-134-28-18 record over the last five seasons.
Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill had this to say about the signing, "Experience is huge. We're not into developing coaches, we're into developing players." The Wings hope that Stothers experience and Calder Cup wins (1 as a player and 1 as an assistant coach) will translate into winning a championship in Grand Rapids.