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Krygier added to Griffins’ staff

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday announced the hiring of Todd Krygier as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Krygier joins fellow assistants Matt Macdonald and Mike Knuble, goaltending development coach Brian Mahoney-Wilson, and video coach Bill LeRoy on second-year head coach Ben Simon’s staff for 2019-20.

“Combining his playing and coaching experiences, Todd understands what it takes to develop players to the next level,” Simon said. “He is extremely genuine and passionate about his work and is a great communicator and teacher. He has a creative mind for offense and has had a lot of success running the power play on the teams he has coached.”

Krygier, 53, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Western Michigan University, helping the Broncos to a record of 58-47-8 and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 2017.

Krygier was head coach of Muskegon (USHL) from 2013-16 and spent seven seasons as head coach at Novi (Mich.) High School, leading the program to its first state hockey championship in 2011.

Krygier spent nine seasons in the National Hockey League with Hartford, Washington and Anaheim, totaling 100 goals and 143 assists. He also played 107 games in the AHL with New Haven, Binghamton and Portland over a 12-year professional career.