Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper laughs when he is asked whether he sees the Lightning influence that coach Derek Lalonde brought to today’s Detroit Red Wings.
For being the world’s biggest hockey league, the NHL can be an awfully small world.
Derek Lalonde gained a wealth of knowledge and experience during his four-year apprenticeship as an assistant coach in Tampa Bay.
Before the Red Wings ever hit the ice under Derek Lalonde, the new coach held a pre-training-camp meeting, at which he highlighted the team’s many defensive failings in 2021-22.
Shortly before the Red Wings were going to officially announce his hiring as the new head coach on June 30, Derek Lalonde made eight or 10 phone calls to give some important people a heads up.
When Derek Lalonde arrived in Toledo back in 2014, the Red Wings’ ECHL-affiliate Walleye were staring up at a wide gap in the league’s standings.
Lalonde joins Detroit after winning two Stanley Cups as assistant coach with Tampa Bay Lightning.
Derek Lalonde’s short stint as Lightning coach hit home with the wisecracking buddies who saw his rise
Derek Lalonde found out a few hours before puck drop in Las Vegas on Dec. 21 that he’d be serving as an NHL head coach for the first time.
Long before ever having his named etched onto the Stanley Cup as assistant coach of the 2019-20 Tampa Bay Lightning, Brasher Falls native Derek Lalonde had already earned his place in the St. Lawrence Central Sports Hall of Fame.
Ferris State hockey coach Bob Daniels won’t quite ever forget some of the key contributions Derek Lalonde made as a member of his coaching staff. Lalonde is currently coaching for Tampa Bay against Dallas in the Stanley Cup finals.