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Blackhawks add former Kings assistant to coaching staff
“We are excited to add Jamie as assistant coach and certainly welcome the Stanley Cup pedigree he brings,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said in a press release. “He has over 15 years of NHL coaching experience and some obvious familiarity with our staff, having worked under Joel and Mike in St. Louis, which will help our staff and players with the transition.” - via Kuc
“Jamie will bring us all the great qualities you look for in a coach, most notably his work ethic and a winning resume,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We have a great working relationship and I am confident he will be a great fit with us here in Chicago.” - via Kuc
Kompon's ties to Quenneville go back to St. Louis, where he served as a video coach. He will replace Mike Haviland who may have been considered a threat to Joel's job security after admitting there was dysfunction within the coaching staff. With this move Quenneville should be comfortable heading into next season with his own people on the bench.
Kompon was a major contributor to the Kings power-play which helped them win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. During the regular season, the Kings power-play ranked 17th overall at a 17.0% success rate, but dropped to 12.8% during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Via Nathan Carris
"So, we all know the media is usually lips to cheek with the organization. Yet, somehow the moment this was announced, immediately they all came out critical of the hire. With as much as it has seemed they have toed the corporate line in the past, this seemed out of place to me. I can only imagine that they've been given the go ahead to be critical of this hire. This is basically just setting them all up to fail and giving them all the excuses they need going forward to fire Q and keep their jobs if anything should go wrong. Within an hour of the announcement we had all basically come to the same conclusion that this is a Q hire, the guy is not good on the powerplay, and this puts all the pressure in the world on Q to succeed. I mean... this seems like a very precise succinct message that isn't even the hardest thing to pull off... RE: QO's."
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