The Chicago Blackhawks fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen on Monday in the wake of the team being swept by the Nashville Predators.
Nashville beat Chicago 4-1 on Thursday night to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference’s top seed.
Kitchen joined the Blackhawks’ coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2010 and was on Joel Quenneville’s staff for two Stanley
Cup Championships in 2013 and 2015.
“We believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future.”
Kitchen spent 14 years as an assistant coach with Toronto and St. Louis before spending parts of three seasons as the Blues’ head coach. He then spent three years as an assistant with the Florida Panthers before joining the Blackhawks following the 2010 Stanley Cup title run.
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