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Back to the Ice-New Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill Begins His Journey In Hockeytown

Introduced as the new head coach for the Detroit Red Wings in June 2015 after Mike Babcock’s switch to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jeff Blashill is primed to lead the Red Wings to greatness. While he’s a first-time NHL head coach, he’s no stranger to winning. In 2009, he led the Indiana Ice to the USHL championship. And in 2013, he guided the Grand Rapids Griffins to their long-awaited first Calder Cup win. Growing up, who was your favorite Detroit Red Wings player to watch? Steve Yzerman. I was an avid Red Wings fan through the ’80s and watched the team grow from a team that struggled to a Stanley Cup champion. Yzerman was obviously a huge part of that, and I always admired the leadership, class and skill that he played with.

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Detroit’s Jazz Scene Spreads Harmony and Rhythm Across the City

The sound of jazz forged in Detroit has carried the world over. With a community of artists as dedicated to each other as they are to the music and a world-class festival to boot, the city’s scene thrives on. “Detroit is one of those cities, like Chicago, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis and Los Angeles. They were there at the beginnings of jazz. They’re very important,” says jazz and classical guitarist, composer and ensemble leader Spencer Barefield.

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Connecting Context to Content

Educators and Experts Discuss The Growing Role of STEM Programs in Michigan For this edition of Roundtable, Ambassador assembled a panel of experts at Lawrence Technological University to examine the current lack of high-tech skills among our schoolchildren and job seekers statewide. Much has been written and discussed in recent years about the need for a stronger emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics – more commonly referred to with the acronym STEM – in our education system nationally.

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