Jeremy Colliton will continue to oversee the Chicago Blackhawks’ rebuild in years to come.
The team announced on Tuesday that Colliton agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Chicago through the 2022-23 NHL season. The news was also confirmed on their official social media.
According to Blackhawks president of hockey operations Stan Bowman, the organization is excited by Colliton’s relationship with the players and his ability to develop young talent.
“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,” Bowman added.
Jeremy Colliton took over the Blackhawks early in the 2018-19 NHL season, succeeding legendary Joel Quenneville. After missing the playoffs in his first season, Colliton led the Blackhawks to the postseason in 2019-20 thanks to the NHL’s expanded format. Still, Chicago proved they belong there as they eliminated favorites Edmonton Oilers in the first round.
Colliton, who briefly played in the NHL with the New York Islanders before retiring early, spent his early coaching career in Europe. In 2017-18, he took over the Blackhawks’ top minor affiliate Rockford IceHogs, guiding them to 40 wins during the regular season and a Conference Finals appearance.