The Blackhawks have fired coach Joel Quenneville and named Jeremy Colliton as his replacement, the team announced Tuesday.
The club also parted ways with assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson, naming Barry Smith an assistant on Colliton’s staff.
The Chicago Blackhawks have relieved Joel Quenneville of his coaching duties and have named Jeremy Colliton the 38th head coach in franchise history.
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“As Chicago Blackhawks fans have seen over the last decade, this organization no longer shies away from making tough decisions or ones based on emotion,” owner Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. “Those days are long behind us. Of course, Joel’s was difficult, as it should have been. During his tenure as head coach to the Chicago Blackhawks, Joel brought the city of Chicago and our fans three Stanley Cups and an incredible era of hockey.
“When Joel was originally hired into our 2008 season, we had great hope for his potential to take the team to new levels. He went beyond what anyone expected. As difficult as that decision in 2008 was, this one was tougher. But as we look to a future history not yet defined, we believe the change we made today, will provide the Chicago Blackhawks a critical element in achieving our goals of championships in the future, including this season.”
Quenneville, 60, is the second-winningest coach in NHL history behind Scotty Bowman with 884 wins. He joined the Blackhawks in 2008, winning three Stanley Cups and helping Chicago make the playoffs every season during his tenure with the exception of last season. He previously coached the Avalanche and Blues.
Colliton, who was in his second season as coach of the team’s AHL affiliate in Rockford, will take on the Hurricanes in his first game at the held at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday.