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Detroit Red Wings announce key personnel move

Red Wings assistant GM Pat Verbeek has a new role.

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The Detroit Red Wings have announced a key personnel change this afternoon in the wake of former assistant general manager Ryan Martin departing the team after over a decade for the New York Rangers earlier this month. 

Assistant general manager and Steve Yzerman's right-hand man Pat Verbeek has been named the general manager of the American League's Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit's minor league affiliate. However, he'll still be retaining his current duties with the Red Wings. 

He released the following statement shortly after the announcement: 

"The Griffins are a first-class organization, and Grand Rapids is a fantastic market for hockey. Both of those factors are critical in the successful development of prospects in the American Hockey League and the ability to help them get to the next level," he said. "I look forward to continuing the winning culture in Grand Rapids and providing our prospects every necessary resource to develop as professionals and become impactful players in the NHL."

Verbeek came on board to the Motor City shortly after his former teammate and good friend Yzerman accepted the general manager's job in April of 2019. The two had previously worked together with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where Verbeek was assistant GM as well as director of player personnel. He'd also worked in Detroit's scouting department prior to departing for the Lightning with Yzerman in 2010. 

"We've been fortunate to win Calder Cups under the leadership of both Ryan Martin and Jim Nill, and we're excited at the opportunity to now work with Pat in pursuit of our mutual goals of developing players for the Red Wings and winning championships in Grand Rapids," said Griffins president Tim Gortsema. "His experience and proven hockey acumen put us in a prime position to continue fielding competitive hockey teams now and into the future."

Nicknamed "The Little Ball of Hate" during his NHL playing career, Verbeek suited up in 1,424 career games with the New Jersey Devils (1982-89), Hartford Whalers (1989-95), New York Rangers (1994-96), Dallas Stars (1996-99; 01-02) and Red Wings (1999-01). He tallied a total of 1,063 points (521 goals, 541 assists, 1,063 points) and 2,905 penalty minutes. He was also a member of the 1999 Stars Stanley Cup winning squad. 

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