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SPORTS Blackhawks fire coach after 1-9-2 start
2021-11-06

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The Chicago Blackhawks have relieved Jeremy Colliton, Tomas Mitell and Sheldon Brookbank of their coaching duties and have named Derek King the interim head coach, effective immediately.

The Blackhawks are currently 1-9-2 this season, with the latest setback being a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets (6-2-2) on Nov. 5.

In a press release, Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said, "It has been an extremely difficult couple of weeks for our organization, and we have had to come to terms with a number of necessary changes. As we look to move forward, we know we must earn back the trust of our fans, and we are grateful for the support of our entire community as we work to do just that.

"On the ice, Interim General Manager Kyle Davidson has our full confidence and autonomy to make hockey decisions, and we support him on this coaching change. We appreciate all that Jeremy has brought to the Blackhawks, and we look forward to working with Derek as our interim head coach while we work to rebuild our permanent hockey operations leadership."

Also, Anders Sorensen will serve as interim head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' top minor-league affiliate.

King has been the head coach of the IceHogs since April 25, 2019. He previously served as interim head coach from Nov. 6, 2018 through the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.

The Blackhawks' next game will be Sunday, Nov. 7, against the Nashville Predators (6-5-0).


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