Red Wings hired Derek Lalonde, who spent the past four seasons on the Lighting's staff, as their new head coach on Thursday.

Detroit Red Wings name Derek Lalonde their new head coach

Detroit — Derek Lalonde has been named the new head coach of the Red Wings.

Lalonde becomes the 28th head coach in franchise history.

“I’m very pleased to announce Derek as our new head coach,” general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “He has proven himself as an excellent coach at every level and has spent the last four seasons in the National Hockey League as part of a very successful program in Tampa Bay.

“We feel he is ready to take the next step in his career as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.”

Yzerman previously hired Lalonde, 49, to be an assistant coach in Tampa Bay in 2017 when both were with the Lightning.

In his season-ending media availability, Yzerman mentioned that familiarity with someone he worked with before could be a factor in his hire, and he has that with Lalonde.

The success Lalonde has had developing young talent was a key ingredient in his hiring.

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