SUNY Cortland alumnus Derek Lalonde has been named the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Red Wings announced Thursday evening.
Lalonde, a SUNY Cortland Class of 1995 graduate, becomes the 28th head coach in Red Wings franchise history.
A college and professional hockey coach since 2002, Lalonde was an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2018 to this year. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Lightning in 2020 and 2021.
Lalonde was a goaltender for the SUNY Cortland men’s hockey team from 1991 to 1995. In his four seasons with the Red Dragons, Lalonde had a 3.93 goals-against average and 0.877 save percentage in 41 appearances.