Hawks Name Tomas Mitell Assistant Coach

On Thursday the Blackhawks announced Tomas Mitell will serve as an assistant coach on Jeremy Colliton’s staff.

Mitell, 38, served as head coach of AIK Hockey (Allsvenskan) from 2017-19 where he guided the club to a 64-27-13 overall record during his tenure. Mitell led AIK to a league-best 35-8-9 record during the 2018-19 season. The team’s 109 points and 35 wins were each franchise records.

26 thoughts on “Hawks Name Tomas Mitell Assistant Coach

  1. He has a nice little resume there.

    This kind of reminds me of Jared Bednar in his first couple years coaching the Avs. His first year he didnt have his coaching staff and and then he installed his asst 2nd year and they were the surprise team the following season.

  2. This is good news. Never heard of Mitell before but this means Colliton is in charge of building his staff which means he is going to be able to install his system without meddling from others. Whether his system works in the NHL, with the players on the Hawks – we’ll see, but at least he gets the chance to sink or swim doing it his way.

  3. ER:
    Which is exactly what Gm Sakic gave to Bednar.
    Everyone wrote off Colorado (myself included) since they pretty much had the same roster as previous season where they failed badly. But then Bednar got his choice staff and they surpised and made the playoffs. This past playoffs they were even better (albiet they were close to missing)

    I hope the same happens in Chicago (and I think it will)

  4. Wonder where the end of Collitons leash is, if the pk and overall team defense continue to be an issue next season. Doubtful Bowman would get to hire another coach, proably his job depends on Colliton being successful. Good chance Colliton has alot of input in this and present/future player signings and acquisitions.

  5. LOAGS, yep, that’s the hope.

    Ian, hopefully the leash is long enough to at least reach the new year. Even with training camp and preseason, the players will need time to go from thinking to instinct. Colliton mentioned his system would be implemented in layers which sounds like the system will be more fully implemented as the players have shown they grasp and execute the basics and each successive “layer” as the season progresses.

    I’m looking forward to seeing it unfold and hopefully flourish.

  6. EB likely get a full season to make his system work, hooefully successfully, but basically comes down to how much he is able to get the players to buy into it. Could have a big impact on who makes the roster next year and signings we are seeing, if Colliton is intent on sending a message about who plays or not.

  7. It seems Colliton’s system requires every player to accept, understand, and execute the system of there will be weak links. Players without the mental acuity to grasp and execute will have to be eliminated or the system won’t work as well as it could. It will be interesting to say the least.

  8. I mentioned awhile back that I hoped the Blackhawks’ upper brass would allow Colliton to have what he thinks he needs to accomplish the job. To go in a different direction like they have, I believe they have to commit to the new coach’s system. To repeat what others have said, to me this is a good move.

  9. I have to imagine Coach and GM stay entire yr, unless were as bad as first 30 games. Thats not going to happen. Were going to make the playoffs and roster will keep getting stronger and deeper as we go along these 1.5 coming yrs.

  10. Thats the only way to do it. We do not have to be 45-25 to be successful. We have to have a kick ass deep roster and a system that works well. The quality players are coming and we ll have a full roster at some point here. Thats when we really can see if it works like it can.

  11. Yes on Alex Edler to a two year contract to play 2nd pairing left side defenseman as well as second pp unit and on the penalty kill. He likely also could teach Erik G. A few things.

  12. For as much as Colliton’s new system will matter, and hopefully in a positive way, special teams are still going to be huge determining factors in the team’s success of lack thereof.

    After Colliton took over and changed the PP to a 4+1 with Gustafsson up top, it was pretty successful and in fact ended up 12th best in the league with 48 goals and a 20.2%. But the PK was worst in the league with a 72.7% kill rate giving up a whopping 63 goals – that’s a 15 goal differential on special teams. The Hawks goal differential for the season was -22, meaning they were “only” -7 at even strength for the season.

    In the past, the Hawks usually caused the opposing teams to take more penalties than the took so they were usually on the positive side of the PP/PK opportunities so even when one of the special teams wasn’t very good – the disparity in PP opportunities versus PK opportunities resulted in the special team scoring being in the Hawks favor. But that wasn’t the case this season where the special team opportunities was basically a wash to 238 PP’s and 231 PK’s. Hopefully Colliton’s system will cause the opponent to “chase” and take more penalties while the Hawks take less penalties because they are playing on their toes rather than their heels.

  13. The coaching staff is greener than Kermit the Frog. Bowman took a trip to Europe and was instantaneously smitten in perpetuity w/ Colliton. Not to be an assistant sooner than later (w/ zero/zilch/none NHL coaching experience), but the whole ball of wax at once, head coach of the Black Hawks. Not the Senators. Not the Panthers. Not some other nondescript team. But the Hawks.

    Does this new assistant coach have a proven track record of coaching a successful PK? Ebony is correct. If you don’t have solid special teams — especially penalty killing which all the Hawks’ successful teams have from ’09 thru ’16/17 had — then it will be another season of no playoffs and wasting another year of Kane & Toews.

    Go thru the list of Stanley Cup winning coaches however many years, where does a coach w/ a similar (or lack thereof) resume of Colliton pop up? It was likely time for Q to go, but that should have been last summer, w/ a different head coach hired and Colliton as an assistant. That would have been a good start.

    The Blues were in the same exact boat as the Hawks in the beginning of January; it was a weak Western Conference for the taking. Absent the Blues’ goalie standing on his head, they don’t have a chance to win the Cup.

  14. Edler an interesting option, the Blackhawks will be a work in progress to start next season not a player away. Not the least of question marks, is a novice head coach selling his new defensive and pk system. Edler could be just amother old dog that needs to learn a new trick.

    The pp was lights out the 3rd quarter of the season but down the stretch their numbers were no better than the abysmal first half, so question marks there too.

    Which rookies will impact next year, fwds, def and in goal, can Strome be the player he was last half of the season, will Gus continue to be a point a game guy, is Delia a no.1 if Crawford goes on ir again. Can players like Kahun, Sikura, Perlini, Cagguila, Kampf, Dahlstrom, and other young players take the next step in their progression, will 19, 88 and 2 be as good again. If yes to most things, could be a big improvement this year.

  15. It appears Pittsburgh is in trade mode. I’m wondering if a deal for Olli Maatta might be a good one. He and Jokihariju might make a good, left/right pair.
    The question would be the price ?

  16. Either the Hawks are ahead of the curve with young dynamic coaches who know the modern player and how to maximize their potential as well as the modern NHL speed game or they’re going to get Alpo Suhonened – again

    I think it’ll be the former (JC has impressed me) but we’ll have to wait and see…

  17. Wrap, first – full disclaimer: I’m a Hawks koolaid drinker so I can kinda get carried away at times. :-)

    But, I’m with you on that. I liken it a bit to what the Hawks did when the Cup run first got started. They took the Detroit puck possession game to the next level and set the tone for the rest of the league to follow. I’m hopeful this will be the next evolution in the NHL 200′ speed game. Looking forward to training camp to see how the team comes together.

  18. Were not going to, have to, rely on 19 88 to have one of their higher yrs in points like they did this yr. Just as long as they are really good and score enough points were fine. The roster will be deeper, each yr, the next few yrs. Until were loaded again and have to trade players again to stay under cap.

    We were a couple point from playoffs with worst PK %, with spotting the 8 teams with a -9 games under .500 at game 30. Thats not going to happen again. Just that and were in playoffs.

    As roster gets deeper, each yr, for these yrs coming up. Certain players points might not be as high as this yr, because we will be more focused on defense and play a better all around team game. Maybe they do and we score even moar goals.

  19. Having full depth will keep Tazer energized for moar yrs. Look what having Krugs did for him this recent yr. Also two different training and eating programs was a big part. It took a couple yrs then it showed to payoff. Took a step back and two forward with that.

    Had to get faster and give a little strength in that trade.

  20. I agree, what experience does this coach bring to the NHL, the NHL is not the Swedish Elite Div.2 hockey league. Once again, Bowman’s arrogance and lack of vision proves he has no clue what he is doing. The Blues vs the Bruins are in the final, why? Speed and size…toughness and goal scorers.
    Anyway, the real test will be who is drafted 3rd. After drafting 4 dmen the last two seasons, one more blunder and he needs to go. Once again, we are signing low end free agent Euros when he could have drafted 2 forwards the last 2 seasons. Kahun, Nilsson, now Wedin, Kubalik…..really?
    When you are filling your roster with lower tier players, you are admitting you have nothing in the minors (Graham Knott, 2nd rounder???Sikura, Louis…???). Keep that money to sign real NHL free agents if you have to especially when you have nothing in the pipeline in Rockford. Otherwise, fire Kelley and get a better scout! Stop chasing your tail and get hockey men to run this team again. Dudley, Tallon type…

  21. Great here comes another useless “I hate Stan Bowman” rant. Amazingly, to the rest of Hawks world, hardly much is known about Mitel, but here we have someone who knows with certainty the hire is trash. If only the Swedes knew how to play hockey. If only we had Dale Tallon back. Yeeeeessssshhh.

  22. Hull the Finns just kicked some Nhl ridden rosters butts at worlds. No Laines or Barkovs or any player who was on an Nhl roster at seasons end on their roster.

    Their only regulation loss was in final round robin game. The Finns had qfs clinched against a German team playing to try and advance. Their only other blemish was an ot loss to USA with no.1 goalie Lankinen, remember him, sitting out that one.
    After beating Swedes in qfs and Russia in semis they beat Canada in finals, not an excuse me while we win road by any stretch. Looks like your lower tier jokes just got the last laugh on that one.

  23. Aurora, don’t bother with him. He’s dug in and his narrative will not be changed.

    We all have opinions and we all get stuff wrong from time to time, and I’m certainly not immune to that. But my opinions, and I think the opinions of most Hawks fans give Stan at least some level of credit for something. Those who don’t, simply want to maintain their narrative regardless of facts.

  24. STL and BOS are in finals, only because the top teams got beat in 1st round.

    STL at least beat a top team, WIN. I mean TOR is prob top 6-8 team but TOR outplayed BOS and still lost because Anderson cant win a game 7 even if his team was up 1-0 after the 3rd period.

    CLB is good to, a little better then SJ, but havig to wait a wk to play after upsetting TB messed them up.

    Reguardless these teams are only there because top teams got beat. BOS sisnt have to play TB and that is why they are there, otherwise TB wins.

  25. The whole league is watered down and until COL and CHI are top teams. Which will happen soon enough. Then there will be a good 5 or so top 5 teams again and hockey will be good again.

    This last 4 yrs, counting this yr hockey and the way games are reffed, is a joke.

    Cant wait until season 2021. Hopefully by then hockey will be good again, with more then 3 or so teams like the last few yrs.

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