Blackhawks fire Quenneville, name IceHogs' Colliton new coach

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Chicago Blackhawks relieved Joel Quenneville of his coaching duties and named Jeremy Colliton as the 38th head coach in franchise history.

In addition, the Blackhawks named Barry Smith an assistant coach on Colliton’s staff.

Chicago also parted ways with assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. The rest of the Blackhawks coaching staff will remain with the team.

Jeremy Colliton, 33, becomes the youngest head coach currently in the NHL. He was 12 games into his second season with the Rockford and led the Hogs to a record of 40-28-4-4 in 2017-18.

Rockford made it to its first-ever conference finals after sweeping Chicago in the 2018 Division Semifinals and sweeping Manitoba in the Division Finals before losing to Texas.

Colliton was named IceHogs head coach on May 18, 2017—his first coaching job in North America.