Blackhawks Hire Jamie Kompon As New Assistant Coach

On Tuesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that Jamie Kompon will serve as an assistant coach, replacing Mike Haviland.

Kompon spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach with the Kings. While with LA, he also served as Director of Amateur Development before moving to the bench, where he helped the Kings win the 2012 Stanley Cup.

Before joining LA, he was with the St. Louis Blues from 1997-2006. He served as a video coach and later as an assistant coach.

Most of his time with the Blues was with… wait for it…  coach Joel Quenneville, and alongside Hawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen. The 1999-2000 Blues, which had Quenneville, Kitchen and Kompon behind the bench together,  won the Presidents’ Trophy and set a franchise-record with 113 points.

Kompon also served as a video coach for Team Canada at the World Championships in Latvia in 2006. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was on that roster.

12 thoughts on “Blackhawks Hire Jamie Kompon As New Assistant Coach

  • July 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Is Mike Kitchen still employed by the Hawks? if so then WHY? Isn’t this the guy who was in charge of our impeccable special teams last season? I hope the Best for Haviland he will make a fine Head Coach.

  • July 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    What was LA Kings power play like last year? 17th? Well, thats better than the Hawks I guess.

    St. Louis 1999-00 eh? Wonder where Roman Turek is these days? lol

  • July 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Chris Kuc twitter:

    Scouting report on Jamie Kompon from someone who would know: “utterly incompetent in handling power play.”

  • July 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    And it does bother me that the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup yet decided to not renew Kompon’s contract.

    Not a good sign. But as Coach Q says “We’ll see.”

  • July 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    re: not renewing his contract, he wasn’t a Sutter guy. That isn’t surprising.

    But re: the Kings’ power(less)play… they had the same problem the Hawks did last year. There was plenty of talent, but no execution. We’ll have to wait & see if the change of scenery helps the asst coach, and if the unified voice behind the bench impacts the players at all.

    One thing is certainly clear now, though: Quenneville is doing this thing HIS WAY with HIS GUYS in 2012-13. He put the band back together from St. Louis. Let’s see what it means on the ice in October

  • July 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Yea, I agree. harmony does help as its one less distraction. Altho’…I think the season will start late after I saw the owners proposal on the cba.

    There’ll be a season, I believe, but I think a late start is inevitable.

    Might actually be a good thing for Saad. Expectations are starting to pile up but if he starts in Rockford then he can forget the pressure in Hawks training camp. I know it helped players in 2004/05 strike.

  • July 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I have the feeling it will be a very long season. None of the glaring weaknesses from last season have been addressed. Thus far, unable to find a bonafide center. Defense is largely the same, too many bottom tier blue liners, not enough size. Question marks in goal. Overall size/useable skill in the bottom six forwards is lacking. Coaching staff and management changes appear to be downgrades by parties close to the situation. At least some of the kids will have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the UC throughout the regular season.

  • July 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I agree with what everyone is saying that it is another bad hire…but we will have to wait and see. I think if it doesn’t work out, then coach Q and his staff will be gone. I think more importantly we need upgrade in net. Crawford had an up and down season last year. He should be a backup to a more proven veteran goalie. Should we trade for Luongo? Is the price too high to pay for him? We should be able to win more than one cup with our current core players. I think Stan Bowman is over rated. What do you think?

  • July 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Luongo is not the answer. Theres nothing worth giving up for him and his fragile mindset. Even though it means he wouldnt have to face us 4 times a year (or more,) hes still to scatterbrained to trust. Trust Crow, he can play and theres no reason to throw him under the bus after one lousy season, even though it could of been much worse.

  • July 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Let’s not make too big of a deal about an assistant coach. Q is a good head coach and they will follow his lead. At the end of the day the players need to perform.

    Also, let’s wait to judge this roster. It’s July, not October. I still think there is a big trade to be made, but the labor situation seems to be having an effect on player movement across the NHL.

  • July 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

    To continue what Dave said, if the same team from last year stays healthy we finish higher than we did. Let’s see what a full year from Shaw, Oduya and even Carcillo will do, assuming a trade isn’t/can’t be made.

  • July 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    The Blackhawks and Wirtz will surely make a small fortune off of Kompon’s Bobble-Heads!!!!!!!!

    If you don’t know what I mean go to the — if his brain is as BIG as his forehead the Hawks are in great shape!!!!

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