Jim Hiller, whose five-year run as coach of the Tri-City Americans ended in May, was hired Wednesday by the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings as an assistant.
Hiller joins the staff of NHL coaching great Mike Babcock.
“For my first experience in the NHL to be with Mike, there couldn’t be a better guy to start with,” Hiller said on the team’s website.
Hiller was fired by the Americans after the team went 29-33-4-6 and was ousted from the WHL playoffs in the first round. Still, his teams won 40 games in each of his first four seasons along with two U.S. Division titles and a Western Conference crown. The Americans posted a .619 winning percentage under Hiller, who was named WHL Coach of the Year in 2012.
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Hiller played in 21 games for the Red Wings during the 1992-93 season, a stint he said was “much too brief.”