The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with Head Coach Jeremy Colliton on a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2022-23 season.
Colliton, who turns 36 years old tomorrow, is in his third season as head coach of the Blackhawks. He was named the 38th coach in franchise history on Nov. 6, 2018, becoming the youngest head coach in the National Hockey League. Colliton helped guide the team to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and owns a record of 62-58-17 in 137 regular-season games with the club.
"Jeremy has shown an innate ability to develop young talent throughout his two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks," said Stan Bowman, President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. "This, coupled with his vast knowledge of the game, exceptional communication skills and determination to win, makes us extremely confident Jeremy has what it takes to lead our team back to an elite level as we continue to build a roster that can compete year in and year out."
Colliton became just the sixth Chicago coach to win their debut playoff series after the Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers in four games during the 2020 postseason. He became the youngest (35 years, 201 days) NHL head coach to win a Stanley Cup Playoff game since Paul Maurice (32 years, 84 days) won on April 24, 1999 with Carolina. Additionally, Colliton is the fourth Blackhawks head coach to win a Stanley Cup Playoff game at age 35 or younger with Chicago.
"I'm thankful to the Wirtz Family and Stan Bowman for their continued support during my time with the organization," said Jeremy Colliton, Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach. "As we continue to build on the foundation we have here with this team, we will remain committed to working with our players to put them in the best positions to succeed. I look forward to the challenge of developing a team our fans will be proud of and leading the Chicago Blackhawks back to a championship level."
With a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on November 14, 2018, Colliton picked up the first win of his NHL coaching career. He coached in 100th career NHL game on December 14, 2019 against the Blues. He is currently the 14th-longest tenured coach with his respective team in the NHL.
A native of Blackie, Alberta, Colliton previously served as head coach of the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and led them to a record of 40-28-4-4 during the 2017-18 campaign. The IceHogs made it to their first-ever 2018 AHL Western Conference Finals after sweeping Chicago in the Division Semifinals and sweeping Manitoba in the Division Finals.
Before becoming a coach, Colliton played eight years of professional hockey, primarily in the NHL and AHL. He appeared in 57 NHL games across five seasons (2005-09, 2010-11) with the New York Islanders, tallying six points (3G, 3A). The Islanders selected him with the 58th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft.