Derek Lalonde

Head Coach Detroit Red Wings - Igniting Success and Inspiring Excellence

Head Coach Detroit Red Wings - Igniting Success and Inspiring Excellence
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Derek Lalonde, the 28th head coach in Detroit Red Wings franchise history, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success. To book Derek Lalonde for your next event, contact

As the former assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Lalonde played a crucial role in the team's remarkable achievements. During his four seasons with the Lightning, they made four consecutive postseason appearances, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2020 and 2021. The Lightning's success extended to three consecutive Prince of Wales Trophies and an impressive 11-straight playoff series victories, alongside a remarkable regular-season record of 192-77-10.

Lalonde's impact on the Lightning was evident from his inaugural season as an NHL coach when the team clinched the Atlantic Division title and their first Presidents' Trophy, matching the NHL's single-season record for wins. His coaching prowess and dedication to excellence have consistently propelled teams to new heights.

Prior to his time with the Lightning, Lalonde served as the head coach of the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, where he led the team to an outstanding 97-35-7-5 record over two seasons. Under his guidance, the Walleye claimed the Brabham Cup as the ECHL's regular-season champion in 2014-15, earning Lalonde the esteemed John Brophy Award as the ECHL's Coach of the Year.

Hailing from Brasher Falls, N.Y., Lalonde's coaching journey is marked by an unwavering commitment to excellence. As a former goaltender and a collegiate player for SUNY Cortland, Lalonde understands the dedication and determination required to achieve success at the highest level.

Derek Lalonde's speaking engagements are characterized by his ability to motivate and inspire individuals to unlock their full potential. Drawing upon his experiences in the NHL and his coaching career, Lalonde shares valuable insights and strategies for achieving success in the face of adversity. Contact to secure Derek Lalonde as your next speaker and experience the transformative impact of his message.

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Hockey Stories - Life in the NHL

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Motivating Millennials

One of the hottest debates today is “How do you motivate Millennials to drive your business forward?” Hear from one of the best NHL Coaches, who take a different group of Millennials each year and motivate them to the reach their highest performance both individually and as a team.