Blashill named AHL’s ‘outstanding coach’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins has been named the American Hockey League’s coach of the year.

The AHL announced in a Tuesday release that Blashill, 40, had earned the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding coach for the 2013-14 season.

Coaches and media members in the 30 cities that have an AHL team vote for who will receive the honor.

Despite a rash of NHL callups of the team’s top players, the Griffins have piled on wins this season. The team has 98 points and a 46-22-2-4 record, ranking No. 2 in the Western Conference. The Griffins have also been in first place in their division since early November.

In the last year, Blashill has led the Griffins to the Calder Cup championship and coached the AHL all-star game.

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