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Detroit Red Wings Assistant Coaches and Coaching Staff 2023-24

By Dipak BK / 12 September 2023 11:51 AM

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Detroit Red Wings assistant coaches are Alex TanguayJay Varady and Bob Boughner. Tanguay was appointed for the role on June 30, 2021.

Prior to joining the Red Wings, Tanguay was the assistant coach for the Iowa Wild of the AHL. The former left winger is known for helping the Colorado Avalanche clinch the 2001 Stanley Cup during his time as a player.

Another former AHL coach on the Red Wings bench is Jay Varady, who joined the franchise on July 18, 2022. He also coached in USHL and OHL.

Bob Boughner was named the Wings associate coach in July 2022. Alex Westlund was hired as the Red Wings goalie coach in the same month.

LJ Scarpace has been the video coach for the Wings since the 2019-20 season and Weintraub joined as the assistant video coach in July 2017.

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach

Derek Lalonde was announced as the head coach of Detroit Red Wings on July 30, 2022. Derek Lalonde salary is around $2 million per annum.

He played college hockey as the goaltender of Cortland State from 1991-94. Lalonde has served as the head coach in the USHL, ECHL, and AHL before beginning his career in the NHL.

The Wings boss began his head coaching career in 2011 with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. He compiled a record of 115-56-8-6 during his time with the team and led the team to their fourth Clark Cup title in 2012.

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Derek was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 2012. He was named the John Brophy Award as the Coach of the Year in 2014 during his time in the ECHL as well.

Following his time in the USHL, Lalonde led ECHL's Toledo Walleye from 2014 to 2016 to consecutive Brabham Cups. After the Walleyes, he led the AHL team Iowa Wild from 2016 - 2018.

Tampa Bay Lightning hired Derek Lalonde as the assistant Coach in 2018 and in his first season with the team they earned their first President's trophy. He was also behind the bench for their consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 2020 and 2021. 

Lalonde finished his first season with the Red Wings with a record of 35-37-10, failing to secure the qualifying berth for 7th consecutive time.

Detroit Red Wings Coaching Staff

Detroit Red Wings coaches for the 2023-24 season are listed below:

Coach namePosition
Derek LalondeHead Coach
Bob BoughnerAssociate Coach
Alex Tanguay & Jay VaradyAssistant Coach
Alex WestlundGoaltending Coach
LJ ScarpaceVideo Coordinator
Jeff WeintraubAssistant Video Coordinator

Bob Boughner

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Bob Boughner was named as the associate coach for the Red Wings on July 8, 2022. He was previously the head coach of the San Jose Sharks

Boughner began his coaching stint with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL in February 2006. The Spitfires won their first OHL Championship in 21 years under his tutelage in 2009.

He was named the OHL's Coach of the Year for two years consecutively in 2008 and 2009 during his time as the bench boss of the Spitfires.

Alex Tanguay 

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Alex Tanguay became the Red Wings assistant coach in June 2021. He was the assistant coach of the Iowa Wild of the AHL for 2 seasons earlier.

Tanguay is perhaps best known for his game-winning goal for the Colorado Avalanche in their 2001 Stanley Cup Championship. His two goals scored against the New Jersey Devils would help the Avalanche to their second Stanley Cup. 

He worked as the in-studio analyst in the NHL network following his retirement as a player. Alex began his coaching career in 2019 after being hired as the assistant coach by the Iowa Wild of the AHL. 

Jay Varady

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Jay Varady has been the Detroit Red Wings assistant Coach since July 2022. He has coaching experience in the NAHL, USHL, OHL, and AHL.

Prior to joining the Wings, Varady was the head coach for the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL. He spent 3 seasons there with a record of 93 wins, 84 losses, and 17 overtime losses.

Varady was the 2017 USHL Coach of the Year during his time with the Sioux City Musketeers. He was third winningest coach in the team's history.

After his time as the Musketeers, Jay joined the coaching staff of the Kingston Frontenac of the OHL leading to their very first conference finals in franchise history. 

Detroit Red Wings Coach History

Detroit Red Wings history includes a total of 28 coaches with 11 Stanley Cup wins. Art Duncan was the first head coach of the franchise. 

Jack Adams was the first coach in the Red Wings' history to win the Stanley Cup. He won the 1936, 1937, and 1943 Stanley Cups as the Coach and won the Stanley Cup further 4 times in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955 as the GM.

Adams is the only person to win the Stanley Cup as a player, coach, and General Manager. The Jack Adams Award, given to the outstanding coach in the NHL since 1974 was named in his honor.

Jack was the winningest coach in the Red Wings history with 413 wins until he was surpassed by Mike Babcock on April 8, 2014. Babcock joined the Red Wings as the head coach in 2005 and led the team to their 11th Stanley Cup title in 2008.

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The 1950, 1952, and 1954 Stanley Cups came for the Wings with Tommy Ivan as the Head Coach. He became the second coach in Red Wings history to win the Stanley Cup three times.

The third coach in the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup was Jimmy Skinner, who won the Cup in 1955 in his first season as the team's head Coach. He was hired in that role by Jack Adams at the end of the 1953-54 season.

Skinner is said to be the one to start the tradition of kissing the Stanley Cup after victory. He never missed the playoffs in his 4 seasons as the Wings Coach.

The 8th Stanley Cup came after 42 years in 1997 under the leadership of Scotty Bowman. He has won 9 Stanley Cups in his career as a coach. 

The third coach to win the Stanley Cup three times in the Red Wings history, Bowman led the team to the 1997, 1998, and 2002 championships. He is the only NHL head coach to lead three different NHL teams to the Stanley Cup.

Detroit Red Wings General Manager

Detroit Red Wings GM for the 2023-24 season is Steve Yzerman. He is also the executive vice president of the Detroit NHL franchise.

Yzerman has been leading the Detroit Red Wings front office since April 19, 2019. He spent all of his NHL career with the Wings and has won 3 Stanley Cup Championships as a player and one as an executive for the team.

The longest-serving captain in league history, Steve Yzerman spent 19 seasons and 1,303 games as the Red Wings Captain. He is also the first in assists, second in points and goals, and fourth in games played in Red Wings history. 

Yzerman over the years has won the Lester B. Pearson Award (1989), Conn Smythe Trophy (1998), Frank J. Selke Trophy (2000), Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy(2003), and Lester Patrick Trophy(2006).

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During his tenure as a player, Yzerman represented Team Canada at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships(1983), Canada Cup(1984), World Ice Hockey Championships(1985,1989, &1990), World Cup of Hockey(1996), and the Winter Olympics(1998 & 2001). 

He was named as the Red Wings' vice president and alternate governor in September 2006. He left the Red Wings to become the GM and vice president for the Tampa Bay Lightning in May 2010.

During his tenure as the Executive for the Lightning, he won the 2015 NHL Manager of the Year award. The same year, Tampa Bay reached the Stanley Cup Finals only to be defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Yzerman has been inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame (2008), the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (2008), Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (2008), the Hockey Hall of Fame (2009), and the IIHF Hall of Fame (2014). 

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