Chicago Blackhawks fire assistant coach Mike Kitchen

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday that changes would come. On Monday, they changes started to happen. Blackhawks relieved assistant coach Mike Kitchen of his duties after six seasons with the organization. He was named to the staff on July 12, 2010. Kitchen is good friend with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. They were teammates from 1979-1983 and Kitchen was also an assistant under Quenneville with the St. Louis Blues from 1998-2003. Kitchen was on the coaching staff for the Blackhawks’ 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cups. He was mainly responsible for the team’s defensemen and penalty kill. “We believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward,” GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future.”

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