Who Is Derek Lalonde? Red Wings New Coach Career In Nutshell

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Detroit Red Wings have a brand new coach in the form of Derek Lalonde. Let's find out what kind of career the 49-year-old has. 

It's not a secret that the Detroit Red Wings are currently in a rebuilding stage. They had a pretty ordinary 2021 season finishing 7th in the Central Division above just Canadiens and Senators. 

Having failed to make it into the playoffs since 2016, the team has struggled with its combinations in the past few years. They are the most successful NHL team in the United States with 11 Stanley Cup wins, the last dating back to 2008. 

But with the introduction of the new coach, fans believe that the change is imminent. 

Who Is Derek Lalonde? Wikipedia Bio And Coaching Career To Look At

Derek Lalonde is an NHL manager who currently serves as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. 

Following a series of ordinary seasons, the Red Wings have finally decided to part ways with Jeff Blashill. Even though the coach started nicely, these last few seasons haven't been up to the mark. 

And now comes Derek Lalonde, a coach with enough experience in the NHL. Prior to this, Lalonde served as the assistant coach to Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay Lightning. They collectively led the team to two consecutive Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021. 

Also, the 49-year-old served as the head coach of the Iowa Wild of the AHL. He has a wonderful record of 69-58-17-8 in the AHL. The coach impressed everyone with his tenure in ECHL where he won the Coach of the Year award with a record of 97-35-7-5. 

So, the fans and Red Wings management have a lot of expectations from their new coach. 

Derek Lalonde Age And Net Worth In 2022

Derek Lalonde is currently 49 years old. 

As per his Wikipedia biography, he was born and raised in Brasher Falls, New York. He later moved to Michigan to become the assistant manager at Ferris State University. 

Moreover, Lalonde has an approximate net worth of $1 million. His contract with the Red Wings is not public just yet. There are a lot of terms to be agreed upon and we will update as soon as we have more information regarding the topic. .

As per several sources, Red Wings are expected to offer a 3-year contract.

Is Derek Lalonde Married? Meet His Wife And Kids

Derek Lalonde is married to his longtime partner, Melissa Lalonde. 

Moreover, the couple has just welcomed their third child about a year ago. They are currently parents to three children. Likewise, his father, Jack worked at New York Power Authority Decks and his mother, Donna was a hairdresser. 

Furthermore, the new Red Wings coach has a Twitter account where he has accumulated over 2000 followers until now.