Blackhawks fire head coach Colliton

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired head coach Jeremy Colliton, along with assistants Sheldon Brookbank and Tomas Mitell. Four other assistants, including Marc Crawford and goalkeeping coach Jimmy Waite, will remain at their posts.

The team named Derek King interim bank boss. King was the head coach of the AHL Chicago affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

The Blackhawks went 1-9-2 to start this season. Colliton has been coaching the club in his fourth campaign, who finished 29th in goals per game and 31st in goals against per game in Saturday’s action in 2021-22.

“On the ice, interim general manager Kyle Davidson has our full confidence and autonomy to make hockey decisions, and we support him in this coaching change,” Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz wrote in a statement. pronunciation. “We appreciate everything Jeremy has brought to the Blackhawks and we look forward to working with Derek as our interim head coach as we rebuild our permanent leadership in hockey operations.”

Colliton signed a two-year contract extension with Chicago in January.

Under his leadership, the Blackhawks set a record of 87-92-26, reaching the playoffs once in 2019-20. The Blackhawks upset the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round that season before the Vegas Golden Knights knocked them out in five games in the next stage.

Chicago promoted Colliton from the IceHogs after firing Joel Quenneville on November 6, 2018 — exactly three years before Saturday’s moves.

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