Blackhawks hire Montreal Assistant Luke Richardson as head coach

Richardson becomes the 40th head coach in Blackhawks history
FILE- Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Luke Richardson, left, talks with captain Shea...
FILE- Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Luke Richardson, left, talks with captain Shea Weber during NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec, on June 27, 2021.(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 3:41 PM CDT
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CHICAGO (AP) - Luke Richardson is the new coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, stepping into a tricky rebuilding process for one of the NHL’s marquee franchises. General manager Kyle Davidson announced the move.

Richardson replaces Derek King, who finished the season as the interim coach after Jeremy Colliton was fired in early November. The 53-year-old Richardson was drafted by Toronto and played for six teams during 21 years in the NHL, finishing with 35 goals and 166 assists in 1,417 games. Richardson’s first NHL game was at Chicago Stadium on Oct. 8, 1987, a 7-5 Maple Leafs victory.

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