Blackhawks introduce Luke Richardson as 40th head coach

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Blackhawks have discovered a brand new chief on the ice, they usually hope he’ll cause them to their subsequent Stanley Cup.

Luke Richardson has joined the Blackhawks in his first position as an NHL head coach – however this isn’t the primary time he has excelled main a workforce.

In 2021, COVID-19 pressured Richardson into an performing head coach position whereas an assistant in Montreal. Now, the 53-year-old former defenseman brings with him 21 years of NHL enjoying expertise.

After spending the final 4 years as an assistant coach with the Canadiens, Richardson understands the problem forward for a workforce rebuilding and gearing up for its subsequent championship push.

“Playing experiences, coaching experiences – I’m totally comfortable with developing players, having patience with players. But I think I’ve said right from the start, I’m an optimist, and I feel like I want to go win every game – and I’m going to approach every game like that,” Richardson stated. “But realistically, we have to take steps.”

“When we started this search, we wanted someone who could lead with authority and who would hold players accountable,” stated Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson. “In addition, we have been on the lookout for somebody who might develop and coach younger expertise, whereas additionally connecting with our veteran gamers.

Richardson has additionally been an assistant coach for the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators within the NHL, and the Binghamton Senators within the AHL.

A seventh-round draft choose of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1987, Richardson  spent 21 seasons as a defenseman, enjoying 1,417 video games for the Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Senators.

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