Blackhawks hire Luke Richardson to become their new head coach

General manager Kyle Davidson announced the move on Monday. Richardson replaces Derek King, who finished the season as the interim coach after Jeremy Colliton was fired on Nov. 6.

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Assistant coach Luke Richardson of the Montreal Canadiens assumes head coaching responsibilities against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Semifinals of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on June 18, 2021 in Montreal, 魁北克. Head coach Dominique Ducharme , tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day.

Assistant coach Luke Richardson of the Montreal Canadiens assumes head coaching responsibilities against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Semifinals of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on June 18, 2021 in Montreal, 魁北克. Head coach Dominique Ducharme , tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Luke shares our vision and goals for the future, and he will have an opportunity to build an environment and culture of high performance, hard work and high accountability,” Davidson said in a release.

Richardson, 53, played for six teams during 21 years in the NHL, finishing with 35 goals and 166 协助 1,417 游戏. The defenseman was selected by Toronto with the No. 7 overall pick in the 1987 草案.

Richardson’s first NHL game was at Chicago Stadium on Oct. 8, 1987, 一个 7-5 Maple Leafs 胜利.

I am honored to be trusted with this opportunity to coach an Original Six franchise like the Chicago Blackhawks,” Richardson said in the team announcement.

I plan to create an environment of trust with our team. With trust, relationships will form and grow, thus allowing everyone to blossom and execute their role. My philosophy is to be better today than we were yesterday and, to achieve that, we will need commitment and consistency.

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Peter Ing #1, Al Iafrate #33 and Luke Richardson #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skate agains Michel Goulet #16 and Jeremy Roenick #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks during NHL game action on December 8, 1990 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Peter Ing #1, Al Iafrate #33 and Luke Richardson #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skate agains Michel Goulet #16 and Jeremy Roenick #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks during NHL game action on December 8, 1990 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

Richardson retired during the 2008-09 season and joined Ottawa’s coaching staff. He was the head coach for the Senators’ AHL affiliate from 2012 至 2016.

Richardson, a native of Ottawa, 安大略省, was an assistant on Montreal’s coaching staff for the previous four seasons. When Dominique Ducharme was diagnosed with COVID-19 during the 2021 playoffs, Richardson took over as coach for six games and helped lead the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1993.

Chicago won the Stanley Cup 在 2010, 2013 和 2015, but it has fallen on hard times in recent years. It began this past season with playoff aspirations but stumbled to a 1-9-2 start on its way to a 28-42-12 record and seventh-place finish in the Central Division.

Longtime general manager Stan Bowman resigned in October in the wake of a report by an outside law firm that found the organization mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010.

Davidson was elevated to the interim job before officially taking over on March 1. Norm Maciver joined the front office as an associate GM in March, and Jeff Greenberg was hired for the same role in April.

Assistant coach Luke Richardson of the Montreal Canadiens attends practice before Game One of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on June 28, 2021 在坦帕, 佛罗里达.

Assistant coach Luke Richardson of the Montreal Canadiens attends practice before Game One of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on June 28, 2021 在坦帕, 佛罗里达. (Photo by Florence Labelle/NHL via Getty Images)

Richardson’s first team in Chicago could have a dramatic new look compared to the one that finished last season. There are major questions at goaltender and along the lines, which could lose as many as three high-profile stars if the team decides to trade Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews for more long-term assets.

But first up for Richardson likely will be his coaching staff. 国王, who coached the Blackhawks to a 27-33-10 记录, is well-regarded within the organization and could stay on as an assistant.

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