Colliton agrees to two-year extension as Blackhawks coach

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Jeremy Colliton agreed to a two-year extension as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The extension runs through the 2022-23 season. 

The 35-year-old became the youngest coach in the NHL on Nov. 6, 2018 when he was named the 38th coach in Blackhawks history, replacing Joel Quenneville, who was fired. Quenneville was 452-249-96 in 11 seasons with the Blackhawks, winning Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. 

“I’m thankful to the Wirtz Family and (general manger) Stan Bowman for their continued support during my time with the organization,” Colliton said. “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.”

The Blackhawks (32-30-8, .514 points percentage) finished 12th in the Western Conference last season, Colliton’s first full one as Chicago’s coach. They defeated the Edmonton Oilers in four games in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers and were the No. 8 seed for the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round, a five-game loss to the No. 1 seed Vegas Golden Knights.  

Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Colliton was 46-31-4-7 for Rockford of the American Hockey League, his first coaching job in North America. He was 40-28-4-4 in his first season, when Rockford advanced to the Western Conference Finals. He joined the Blackhawks 12 games into his second season with Rockford (6-3-0-3).

“Jeremy has shown an innate ability to develop young talent throughout his two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks,” 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’s first game as Blackhawks coach was a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 8, 2018. His first win came against the St. Louis Blues, 1-0, on Nov. 14 of that year.

Before joining the Blackhawks organization, Colliton coached Mora IK of the Swedish Hockey League for four seasons and was 98-57-18.

Colliton was selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (No. 58) of the 2003 NHL Draft. He played five seasons in the NHL, all for the Islanders, scoring six points (three goals, three assists) in 57 games.

The Blackhawks open the regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN). 

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