Haviland, 43, enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Blackhawks in 2010-11 after being named to the coaching staff on July 23, 2008. The Middletown, New Jersey native came to the Blackhawks after spending the three seasons as the head coach of the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk (2005-07) and Rockford (2007-08). His teams have never missed the playoffs during his nine years behind the bench, which includes his seven-year minor league coaching career.
In addition to being a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, Haviland has also captured the East Coast Hockey League’s Kelly Cup in 2003 with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and in 2005 with the Trenton Titans. In 2007-08, Haviland guided the IceHogs to a 44-26-4-6 regular-season record (.613) before taking the squad to the second round of the playoffs. Haviland posted a .600 or better winning percentage in six of his seven seasons as a head coach and never finished with a winning percentage lower than .588.
Haviland began his professional coaching career as an assistant for Trenton in 1999 before becoming head coach of the Boardwalk Bullies in 2001. After a one-year stop as the head coach of the Titans (2004-05), he joined the Blackhawks organization when he was named head coach of the Norfolk Admirals in 2005-06. Haviland earned the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award, given annually to the AHL’s most outstanding coach, following Norfolk’s 2006-07 campaign. He played two years of professional hockey, including four games with the AHL’s Binghamton Whalers in 1989-90 and the ECHL’s Richmond Renegades and Winston-Salem Thunderbirds in 1990- 91 before an injury cut his career short.