Toledo is a professional team affiliated with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
“Derek came in and continued the winning tradition of the Gamblers,” said Gamblers President Brendan Bruss. “The USHL is a developmental league not only for players, but coaches as well. We wish him nothing but the best as he takes this next step in his career.”
Lalonde compiled a 114-56-14 regular season record with the Gamblers making the playoffs all three seasons he coached the team, including winning both the Clark and Anderson Cups in his first season when he was named USHL coach of the year. Lalonde was the team’s sixth head coach.