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Brad McCrimmon - Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach Brad McCrimmon enters his second season as a member of the Red Wings’ coaching staff.  He has more than 27 years of NHL experience as a player and coach, including three seasons on the blueline with Detroit from 1990-1993.

Prior to joining the Red Wings in 2008, McCrimmon spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers.  He has also served as an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames (2000-2003), NY Islanders (1997-98), and with Germany’s Frankfurt Lions in 2004-05.

McCrimmon spent two seasons as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades from 1998-2000, posting a 50-79-15 record.   His two seasons in Saskatoon were highlighted by a 40-point improvement from 1998-99 (16-49-7; 39 points) to 1999-2000 (34-30-8; 79 points).  McCrimmon also served as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2003 World U-18 Championships, helping the team capture a gold medal.

McCrimmon played 18 seasons as a defenseman in the National Hockey League for Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix.  He played in 1,222 career games registering 403 points (81 goals, 322 assists).  He also amassed over 1,400 penalty minutes and finished his career with a plus-444 rating, ranking him eighth on the all-time list.  The native of Plenty, Saskatchewan helped Calgary win the Stanley Cup in 1989.  He also played in the 1988 NHL All-Star Game and was an NHL Second Team All-Star.

McCrimmon played three seasons with Brandon of the WHL and helped the Wheat Kings capture the 1979 WHL championship.  He was a First Team All-Star in 1978 and 1979, and was named to the WHL’s All-Century Team in 1999.

McCrimmon played for Canada at the 1978 and 1979 World Championships, helping them take home the bronze medal in 1978.

He and his wife, Maureen, have a daughter, Carlin, and son, Liam.


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