Blackhawks Fire Mike Haviland

The Blackhawks surprised many on Tuesday afternoon with the announcement that the team relieved assistant coach Mike Haviland of his duties.

Haviland was reportedly a finalist for the coaching job in Winnipeg last summer, and was loved by the players in Chicago. He spent four seasons as an assistant with the Hawks after serving as the head coach of the organization’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk and then Rockford between 2005-08.

15 thoughts on “Blackhawks Fire Mike Haviland

  • May 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm
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    Keep Kitchens and fire Haviland, REALLY!!!! Can’t imagine why Hawks are going to crap with all theae brilliant management decisions. Hum

  • May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm
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    WHAT….. if Kitchen survives this season and stays at the side of Q…… then Q needs to go. The worst PP and he stays. Kitchen should be next. I can’t believe this! Both should go. And if not then all three. One and out two years in a row isn’t good enough. A weakening defense. It better come out tha Haviland was critical of the D and voiced his opinion…. otherwise I am losing faith in Hawks.

  • May 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm
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    I met Haviland at O’Hare the week after the SCFs in 2010. He was flying home to Jersey. I spoke to him for about 10 mins while we waited at the gate. What an awesome guy. I’m sad that he’s been fired but understand that things behind the bench are broken and changes needed to (still have to be?) made. Mike will find a good home with another club.

  • May 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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    In his comments to the media, Quenneville indicated that Kitchen was in charge of the top-5 ranked PP unit last year, and Haviland was running it this year when it fell apart.

  • May 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm
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    i say bullshit!!

  • May 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm
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    I saw Kitchen with the mini easel board in the playoffs when they were working a power play out. WTH!?!

  • May 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm
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    Interesting…..if Q isn’t full of shit and is to be taken at his word on that statement, the obvious follow up question is if Kitchen was indeed in charge of last season’s 5th ranked power play unit WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU MAKE THAT CHANGE, Coach Q?

  • May 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm
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    Well this is something I really did NOT want to hear, Kitchen sure but Haviland… really? I guess all I have to say is good luck to him will probably see him get hired by the start of next season.

  • May 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm
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    AFAIC They should have fired both assistants. Its not like the penalty kill was awesome.

  • May 9, 2012 at 12:45 am
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    a couple more head scratching moves and we will have gone from 2010 Champs to being nearly dysfunctional

  • May 9, 2012 at 11:12 am
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    I thought that Haviland would be the next coach once Q would eventually get fired lol

  • May 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm
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    I am very sorry to see Coach Haviland go.
    Great guy, great coach.
    First it was Coach Torchettii and now him.
    They both deserved a better fate than what they received.

    Again very disappointing season, disappointing GM, disappointing trades all last season long.

    This team needs to know that they are under a microscope not only by the front office but by the Fans!

    And as quickly as hockey came back to Chicago, it can just as quickly slip away in the blink of an eye if they don’t watch out!

    Those that don’t commit to the Indian need to be dealt with!

  • May 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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    In the aftermath of all of this, there has been talk about dysfunctionality amongst the front office and the coaching staff. Hope it doesn’t turn out to be a war between the Q contingent vs. the Bowman contingent. And for God’s sake, don’t let John McDonough settle anything! He doesn’t know jack about sports. He’s a marketing guy who helps put butts in seats, which he is very good at. But he should never, EVER, be given personnel responsibilities. He’s a lifelong Cub for gosh sakes. He runs a good bar, but that’s about it.

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:23 am
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    Jesse Rogers has an excellent blog article on the dysfunction of Chicago management/coaching relationship.

  • January 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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    Hawks got rid of one of the most winning coach he should have been head coach . He is a leader and the players respect him and by the way he wins.

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