Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dave Lewis Hired As Scout

In a game of musical chairs that the former Red Wings head coach lost, Dave Lewis has accepted an offer to be an NHL scout for the Wings, after failing to find a coaching position elsewhere. The Wings' late signing of Mike Babcock compounded the problem of few coaching positions vacant this summer. It has to be embarrassing to Lewis that former Wings associate coach Barry Smith found a coaching position with the Coyotes, and the former head coach is left as a scout. Or maybe Lewis is that attached to the organization that he can't leave. He played two seasons with the Wings (86-87, 87-88) and joined the coaching staff in 1987 (after playing six games in the 87-88 season), where he's remained ever since. As for Joey Kocur, Mike Krushelnyski is now listed as video technician (which was Kocur's old position). So either the Wings offered Kocur a position elsewhere, or he declined becoming video guy. Some trivia on Mike Krushelnyski: he played for the Wings in 1994-1995 and was an assistant coach during the 1996-1997 season.


At 8/11/2005 10:29:00 AM, Blogger Legion Of Doom said...

Since Smith left town, maybe it's Holland's backup plan to use Lewis in case Babcock bombs.

At 8/11/2005 06:07:00 PM, Blogger Brian List said...

It's hard for me to believe that Lewis wasn't offered a coaching position by any other teams. Florida and Phoenix had assistant spots vacant, and you'd think Lewie would join them. I'd guess he didn't see the right position for him out there (with the limited market for coaching jobs now) and chose to stay in Detroit. He has a farm in northern Oakland County, and co-owns a bar in Fenton with Kocur (Joe and Lewie's Sports Tavern). So I'm sure that also played a part.

But if I were to continue in a coaching career, I'd at least go down to the minors to find a job. It's strange for Lewis to commit to a scouting role after two seasons as head coach (a third being the lockout). He must REALLY love Detroit to stay as a scout!

At 8/15/2005 03:54:00 AM, Anonymous Lindsey Ungar said...

I agree, he must love Detroit -- it proves Detroit is truly Hockeytown. Still, I'm glad Smith picked up a coaching gig elsewhere. Gretzky is lucky to have him.

I'm kind of glad Kocur's gone. It seemed the administration pressured to keep him around, more than it being a sound hockey decision.


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