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Who is Jeremy Colliton, the Blackhawks new head coach?

Who is Jeremy Colliton, the Blackhawks new head coach?

After a rough start to the 2018-19 season, the Blackhawks "relieved" Joel Quenneville and assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson of their coaching duties. The rest of the staff will remain on the team and Jeremy Colliton has been named the 38th head coach in franchise history.

But who exactly is Jeremy Colliton?

He was most recently the head coach of the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, 12 games into his second season before being named Blackhawks head coach. He led the IceHogs to the 2018 AHL Western Conference Finals for the first time last season.

And at 33 he will become the youngest head coach currently in the NHL. He is also younger than Duncan Keith, Chris Kunitz, Corey Crawford and Cam Ward. He is also just four months older than Brent Seabrook.

More from the Blackhawks statement on the coaching changes:

Prior to joining the Blackhawks organization, Colliton spent four seasons as the head coach of Mora IK in Sweden (HockeyAllsvenskan). A native of Blackie, Alberta, Colliton guided his team to a league-best 35-13-4 record and 105 points during the 2016-17 season. Following the regular season, he led Mora IK to promotion to the Swedish Hockey League for the 2017-18 season after defeating Leksands IF in six games (4-2) of the best-of-seven series. Colliton joined the coaching ranks with Mora IK in an interim head coaching role during the 2013-14 season before taking over full-time the following season. In four seasons with Colliton behind the bench, Mora IK posted a 98-57-18 record.  

Colliton was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Islanders and played 57 games with the New York Islanders over five seasons (2005-09, 2010-11). 

He spent parts of six seasons (2005-09, 2010-12) in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, recording 203 points (77G, 126A) in 326 career games. Additionally, he had stints with Rogle Angelholm (2009-10) in the Swedish Elite League and Mora IK (2013-14). He also had experience on the international stage, earning gold and silver medals while representing Canada at the 2005 and 2004 IIHF World U20 Junior Championships, respectively.

Colliton has big shoes to fill, following Quenneville who led the team to three Stanley Cups. But young managers are working in baseball, the NFL and college football. The Blackhawks are hopeful Colliton can have the same effect on the Blackhawks.

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Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day

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Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day

It’s National Hat Day – no better time to celebrate hat tricks in Chicago Blackhawks history.

There have been a combined total of 283 of them (263 in regular season, 20 in playoffs) since the franchise started up in the 1926-27 season.

95 different players have had at least one – including Gary Suter whose only hat trick with the Blackhawks came April 24, 1994 – in a playoff game.

The first hat trick in Blackhawks history was by George Hay on Feb. 19, 1927 – the 32nd game in franchise history. It was his only hat trick with the Blackhawks.

The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull had the most with 30 (28 in regular season, two in playoffs). He also holds the franchise record with four hat tricks in a single season, which he pulled off twice – 1959-60 as well as 1965-66. Stan Mikita is next with 16 career hat tricks (all in regular season).

On January 31, 1963, both Bobby Hull AND Stan Mikita (the first of Stan’s career) recorded a Hat Trick… one of seven times (six regular season, one in playoffs) that multiple Blackhawks tallied a hat trick in the same game. A pair of Blackhawks brothers – Max and Doug Bentley – each had a hat trick on Feb. 26, 1947. The last time a pair of Blackhawks scored three goals each was March 9, 2003 – Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze.

Of the 276 games in Blackhawks history in which a Blackhawks player had a hat trick, the Blackhawks have won 233, lost 30 and tied 13, including 7-0 when multiple Blackhawks accomplish the feat.

The youngest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick is Jeremy Roenick (19 years, 340 days) on Dec. 23, 1989. The oldest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick was Kenny Wharram (35 years, 267 days) on March 26, 1969.

Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks player to collect a hat trick on his birthday (Dec. 27, 2013).

Two Blackhawks have had a hat trick in a season opener

Bobby Hull          Oct. 23, 1965

Brandon Saad    Oct. 5, 2017

Three times a Blackhawks player had a hat trick in consecutive games (including once in the playoffs)

Doug Bentley     March 28-30, 1944 (playoffs)

Stan Mikita         Dec. 4-5, 1965

Brian Noonan    Dec. 27-29, 1991 (he scored four in the second game)

Two Blackhawks had a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final

Pit Martin            May 10, 1973 vs. Canadiens

Dirk Graham       June 1, 1992 vs. Penguins

Improbably, the Blackhawks lost both of these games.

Denis Savard has a franchise record three playoff hat tricks.

Bill Kendall’s hat trick on Dec. 17, 1933, were the first three goals of his NHL career.

Many Blackhawks have recorded a Hat Trick plus one (a four-goal game) but only one has had five. Grant Mulvey on Feb. 3, 1982.

How many hats have been thrown on the ice as a result of Blackhawks hat tricks? That we’ll never know, but hats off to all of the Blackhawks who, by scoring three or more goals in a game, have made this hat trick celebration necessary.

 

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Hawks Talk Podcast: The 'Patrick Kane is Really Good' Podcast

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Hawks Talk Podcast: The 'Patrick Kane is Really Good' Podcast

Despite an ugly loss to the New Jersey Devils, Patrick Kane once again stood out and proved he is still one of the game’s best players. Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Charlie Roumeliotis debate whether Kane is having a better season than he did in 2016 when he won the Hart trophy as the league’s MVP and break down the Blackhawks’ much-improved power play – which Kane has dominated.

Plus, would Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook be willing to waive their no-movement clauses and accept a trade outside of Chicago?

0:30 – Is Patrick Kane having a better season than his Hart campaign in 2016?

4:00 – Kane has single-handedly transformed the Blackhawks power play

7:00 – Kane gets it done no matter who is on his line or what the team’s circumstances are

9:15 – Why Kane could explode in next two games vs Rangers and Capitals

11:50 – Blackhawks power play scoring in six straight games

14:30 – No more Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook on the power play?

17:30 – More concerned with depth scoring or lack of foot-speed by Hawks defense?

18:45 – Hawks can patch up some of those concerns in free agency

21:00 – What does this defense core look like next season?

24:00 – Would Keith or Seabrook be willing to accept a trade?

27:30 – Is it time to start using the word “tank” if it nets you Jack Hughes?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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