Mike Kitchen was reunited with Joel Quenneville when he was hired as a Blackhawks assistant on July 12, 2010.
"Adding Mike Kitchen and bringing back Mike Haviland bolster what is already a tremendous coaching staff under Joel's guidance," Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. "Mike Kitchen and Joel have a great track record of working together and Mike Haviland has had a major impact on our organization's success based on his work over the last five years."
Kitchen spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers after being named to the position in August 2007. The Newmarket, Ontario, native served as the Head Coach of the St. Louis Blues for parts of three seasons from 2003 to 2006, racking up a 38-70-23 record while leading the club to a postseason berth in 2004. Prior to that, Kitchen served as an assistant coach with the Blues from 1998 to 2003, all of which were with Quenneville as the head coach.
Together the two have never missed the playoffs and captured the 1999-2000 Presidents' Trophy after leading the Blues to a franchise record 114 points. Kitchen also spent eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1990 to 1998, helping the club reach the postseason five times, which includes two appearances in the conference finals. He played eight seasons in the National Hockey League as a defenseman, collecting 74 points (12G, 62A) and 370 penalty minutes in 474 regular-season games with the Colorado Rockies (1976-82) and New Jersey Devils (1982-84). Kitchen and Quenneville were teammates in Colorado and New Jersey from 1979 to 1983. Mike and his wife Jill have two daughters, Amy and Megan.