Blackhawks Hire Waite As Goaltending Coach

The Blackhawks have hired Jimmy Waite as their new goaltending coach. He’s a former Hawks goalie and the brother of Stephane Waite, who left the organization after the 2012-13 season.

Jimmy Waite, 45, was selected by the Blackhawks with the eighth overall pick in the 1987 Draft (seven spots in front of Joe Sakic), and bounced around the NHL with three stops in Chicago before playing in Europe from 2001-2010.

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8 Responses to Blackhawks Hire Waite As Goaltending Coach

  1. Sr. Brad says:

    Clearly the Hawks didn’t want to lose Stephane Waite…and clearly we all saw the drop off in our goaltending last season…so I guess Jimmy Waite is the next best thing…just stop talking about missing out on Sakic, please!

  2. RyanDale says:

    there is no way JW can be 45. i gotta sit down

  3. Mining Man says:

    Remembering a game , not 100% sure but I believe it was against Pittsburg in the SC final, when Keenan put in Stevie Waite to try to change the momentum of the game. On his first big play, a Pittsburg skater had a breakaway and Stevie dramatically skated out half way to the blueline, dove and poke-checked the puck away. It was a stunning, gutsy play and the crowd went nuts! My buddy watching with me said.”he sure is a good little goalie”… he was always a crowd favourite, not afraid of anything.

  4. Mike says:

    Hard to believe there is not a more experienced coach available

  5. Sr. Brad says:

    Mike, you have to believe the Hawks are convinced that Jimmy will employ the same method/system that Stephane is using to yield similar results.

  6. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Jimmy was suppose to be the “IT” goalie prospect in the draft. He was the 1st goalie off the board in 1987 and was highly scouted and highly rated. I bet he will make a fine goalie coach. The funny thing about Jimmy was the Hawks real envisioned Jimmy as the future. Eddie was an undrafted flier that became a HOFer. Eddie the Eagle kept the net(to use a Q term) and never gave it up,….ever! Jimmy was out of Chicago by 93 with a a season high of 6 wins. Funny how things play out.

  7. Martin says:

    Mining man – I believe you are mistaken on Jimmy Waite being the tender on that play in the old stadium. I was at that game also when we lost to the Pens. The keeper was none other than Dom Hasek. I hope Jimmy has a good rapport with Crow. Something tells me that wasn’t the case with Weeks.

  8. Martin says:

    Mining man – here is a link to some of his great saves in that game. Enjoy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op7-fbxuZ14

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