Former Red Wings coach Bobby Kromm dies; was coach of the year winner in 1978

LIVONIA, Mich. – Former Detroit Red Wings coach Bobby Kromm has died.

The Fred Wood Funeral Home in Livonia, near Detroit, said Kromm died Wednesday, one day after his 82nd birthday. The team says on its website the cause was complications from colon cancer.

Kromm led the NHL franchise from 1977-78 to 1980. The team’s 32-34-14 record and its second-place Norris Division finish and playoff appearance in his first season earned Kromm the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year.

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The B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame lists Kromm’s playing and coaching career as lasting 30 years in four leagues.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, two sons and two daughters.