Red Wings complete coaching staff, hire assistants Bill Peters, Jeff Blashill

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have completed their coaching staff.

Assistant coaches Bill Peters and Jeff Blashill were hired Friday and signed three-year contracts.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock had two openings on his staff this off-season. The Ottawa Senators hired Paul MacLean in June and the Red Wings didn’t re-sign Brad McCrimmon when his contract expired in May.

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Peters coached the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the previous three seasons. The Three Hills, Alta., native was on Babcock’s staff with the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs in the late 1990s.

Blashill, from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., led the Western Michigan Broncos last season to their first NCAA tournament since 1996.