Blackhawks: Chicago Signs Colliton to Two-Year Extension

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed head coach Jeremy Colliton to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is a vote of confidence for the young coach, who’ll turn 36 on Wednesday.

“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,” Colliton said.

Colliton is currently in his third season behind the bench for the Blackhawks, bringing him to the final year of his original contract. Chicago signed him in November of 2018, making him the 38th head coach in franchise history and the successor of Joel Quenneville.

Prior to that, Colliton posted 57 games of NHL playing experience as a centre for the New York Islanders before retiring in January of 2014. He became head coach of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in May of 2017.

And now, through 137 regular season games with the Blackhawks, Colliton boasts a 62-58-17 record in the NHL. He led Chicago to the first round of the playoffs in the bubble last season and is a key fixture in the ongoing rebuild in the Windy City.

“Jeremy has shown an innate ability to develop young talent throughout his two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “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 posted a 46-31-4-7 career coaching record for Rockford, joining the Blackhawks just a dozen games into his second AHL season. He led Chicago to a 32-30-8 record in his first full NHL season and unseated the Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five qualifiers before losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the post-season.

Colliton also coached Mora IK in the Swedish Hockey League, posting a 98-57-18 record across four seasons.

Pic: NHL.com

Published by Dr. Pucksworth

Doctor of Puckanomics.

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