The Grand Rapids Griffins longest running head coach is calling it quits, headed to Dallas.

Curt Fraser, 54, is the longest tenured coach in Griffin's history. He's earned a promotion to the National Hockey League (NHL) and will serve as assistant coach for the Dallas Stars.

Fraser played a major role in developing 20 players for the Red Wings since 2008.

Fraser follows in the NHL footsteps of Guy Charron (1998-00) and Bruce Cassidy (2000-02), who each spent two seasons behind the Griffins’ bench before earning positions with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (assistant) and Washington Capitals (head), respectively.

“The Griffins are a first-class organization, and Dan DeVos and (co-owner and chairman) David Van Andel have been fantastic to work for,” said Fraser. “They trusted me with their team."

A timetable for hiring Fraser’s replacement is being established.

As part of the Griffins’ new five-year extension of their affiliation with the Red Wings, the parent club will be responsible for identifying candidates and selecting the Griffins’ ninth head coach in 17 seasons.