Blackhawks sign coach Jeremy Colliton to 2-year contract extension

Colliton's deal now runs through the 2022-'23 season.
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(670 The Score) The Blackhawks have signed coach Jeremy Colliton to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2022-’23 season, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Colliton is set to begin his third season leading the Blackhawks, who play the Tampa Bay Lightning in their opener Wednesday evening. He’s 62-58-17 in 137 regular-season games with the club. Colliton, who turns 36 Wednesday, took over in November 2018 after the Blackhawks fired coach Joel Quennville early in the season.

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

The Blackhawks struggled last season, posting 72 points in 70 games to finish last in the Central Division. They then snuck into the NHL’s 24-team restart as the No. 12 seed in the Western Conference and upset the Oilers in the qualifying round before losing to the Golden Knights in five games in the best-of-seven first round of the playoffs.

“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.”