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Chicago Blackhawks give coach Jeremy Colliton a 2-year contract extension

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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The Chicago Blackhawks and coach Jeremy Colliton have reached terms on a two-year contract extension that runs through 2022-23, the team announced Tuesday.

“Jeremy has shown an innate ability to develop young talent throughout his two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks,” said president of hockey operations Stan Bowman in a statement.

“This, coupled with his vast knowledge of the game, exceptional communication skills and determination to win, makes us extremely confident Jeremy has what it takes to lead our team back to an elite level as we continue to build a roster that can compete year in and year out.”

Colliton, who will turn 36 on Wednesday — the day of the Blackhawks season opener against the Tampa Bay, has compiled a 62-58-17 record (.515) since being hired to replace Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6, 2018.

 

He has gone 9-4-5 (.444) in the playoffs. In the Edmonton bubble this summer, the Hawks beat the Oilers in the qualifiers and lost a first-round series to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The deal lets the Blackie, Alberta, native and former Rockford IceHogs coach preside over the Hawks’ rebuild as Bowman reshapes the roster with a focus on youth.

“I’m thankful to the Wirtz Family and Stan Bowman for their continued support during my time with the organization,” Colliton said in a statement. “As we continue to build on the foundation we have here with this team, we will remain committed to working with our players to put them in the best positions to succeed. I look forward to the challenge of developing a team our fans will be proud of and leading the Chicago Blackhawks back to a championship level.”

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