The Chicago Blackhawks extended the contract of coach Jeremy Colliton through the 2022-23 season.
Colliton, who turns 36 on Wednesday, was named to the position on Nov. 6, 2018, after the club fired Joel Quenneville. He has a 62-58-17 record.
"Jeremy has shown an innate ability to develop young talent throughout his two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks," general manager Stan Bowman said Tuesday. "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."
Quenneville led the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Last season, Chicago upset the Edmonton Oilers in four games in the best-of-five qualifying round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and lost in the first round to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.
Colliton told The Athletic that he and Bowman are on the same page when it comes to how to take the Blackhawks to the next level.
"There's been a lot of communication and we talk about what's the best way forward, and certainly, he's the leader of that. But I share the vision," he said. "And I'm excited about it. We've been on the path already, so it's just more continuing that progress. It's exciting, the progress we've already shown. It's exciting, the young players we have coming through. It's exciting, the ones who have already been here for a year or two and watching their progression. We're in the process of establishing an identity and maybe a little bit different than we used to have, but that's the way the league is now, and how we feel we have to play to have success. That's the focus and I'm excited about that."
The Blackhawks are scheduled to begin the season Wednesday night on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
They will do so without three key pieces: captain Jonathan Toews, who announced late last month that he will be out indefinitely because of a medical issue; center Kirby Dach, who will miss at least four months because of wrist surgery; and forward Alex Nylander, who continues to recover from surgery for a torn meniscus suffered in the playoffs last season.
--Field Level Media