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The Chicago Blackhawks made their choice. Luke Richardson becomes their new manager on 40And in the history of the franchise, with a very clear mandate to complete a painful rebuilding process.

Posted at 11:57
Updated at 12:14

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“We are thrilled to have an experienced coach like Luke in our organization,” said general manager Kyle Davidson. Luke shares our vision and goals for the future and we will have the opportunity to build an environment and culture of high performance, hard work and responsibility. Through the interview process, it became clear that he had all the qualities we were looking for in our manager, but he was also someone with the perfect character to lead the Blackhawks in our next step. ”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to coach an original team like the Blackhawks,” said Richardson. I’m looking forward to working with Kyle, Jeff Greenberg, Norm Maciver and the rest of the hockey operations team. Together, we will work to bring our team to success. Accurate communications, a plan, hard work and quality execution will lead us to this success. ”

Richardson, a former NHL defender, had been assistant manager of the Canadiens since the 2017-2018 season. He was in charge of the defenders, a role that will be difficult to fill when he leaves, especially for a team like the Canadiens with several young defenders.

“I want to wish Luke the best of luck in his next professional challenge with the Blackhawks,” said Kent Hughes, general manager of Canadiens. Luke was completely dedicated to the cause of our team and in recent years he has played an important role. We thank him for his work with us and for his dedication. ”

Richardson previously worked as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators from 2009 to 2012 before assuming leadership of the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators. He was head coach of the AHL for four years.

Richardson’s rise to his players is well established. Ben Chiarot, then a member of the Canadian, had also said in June 2021, when Richardson had to replace Dominique Ducharme: “I think I speak on behalf of all our defenders saying that we would all go through a wall for Luke.. Because he would do the same for Luke. we. ”

“The boys will respect him,” Corey Perry said during the Stanley Cup final. He has been in the sport for a long time. He knows the sport very well. ”

Richardson played 1,417 NHL games, scoring 35 goals and 166 assists for 201 points.

He was drafted in the first round, seventh overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1987, playing four seasons there. The defender then played for Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning before ending his career in Ottawa.

The challenge of the hawks

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015, but have been through tough times in recent years.

They entered last season with hopes of making the playoffs, but instead entered the campaign 1-9-2, en route to a record of 28-42-12 and seventh in the division.

Stan Bowman, who had served as chief executive for several years, resigned in October following a report from an outside law firm that concluded the organization had mishandled allegations that an assistant coach had sexually assaulted a player. during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2010.

Kyle Davidson was appointed interim before receiving the role of general manager on a permanent basis on 1uh March. Norm Maciver joined the hockey management staff in March as associate general manager, and Jeff Greenberg was hired in an identical role in April.

Richardson succeeds Derek King, who completed the season as interim head coach following the November 6 firing of Jeremy Colliton. King was among the candidates for the full-time job after leading the Blackhawks to a record of 27-33-10.

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