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Wings' affiliate looks for new coach

Friday, 06.15.2007 / 4:36 PM ET / News
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Wings\' affiliate looks for new coach
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Greg Ireland, the Grand Rapids Griffins' head coach since 2005, and a member of their coaching staff since 2003, will not return for the final season of his contract in 2007-08. The Griffins announced the decision on Friday in conjunction with the Red Wings, who have acquired responsibility for Grand Rapids' coaches under the teams' new affiliation agreement.

Elevated from assistant coach in February 2005, Ireland compiled a cumulative record of 109-65-8-10 (.615 winning percentage), along with a playoff mark of 11-12, in his two and a half seasons as head coach.

"We are very appreciative of the job that Greg did for us as both a head coach and an assistant over the last four seasons," Griffins general manager Bob McNamara said. "He was named head coach under tough circumstances, and he helped us reach the conference finals in 2006 and return to the playoffs this past season.

"Greg assisted in the development of many of the young players now with the Red Wings, and he was a tremendous representative of the Griffins throughout the West Michigan community. We are thankful for all he's done for our organization."

Assistant coach Jim Paek, who joined the Griffins' staff in 2005, will return this fall for his third season behind the bench.

The Red Wings and Griffins have begun the process of identifying candidates for Grand Rapids' seventh head coach in 12 seasons. No timetable for the hiring has been established.

The new head coach will be granted the helm of one of the American Hockey League's premier franchises. Over the last eight seasons, the Griffins have the most wins (371), points (807), regular-season championships (two), 100-point seasons (four, tied) and division titles (five) of any Triple-A hockey team, and they are the only club to average 100 or more points per season during that span.

In addition, the Griffins and Red Wings have comprised hockey's most successful affiliation since their 2002 union, combining for more standings points (944) than any other AHL/NHL partnership.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89