After a dreadful 1-9-2 start, the Chicago Blackhawks dismissed Jeremy Colliton last November. Now, Colliton is back to work as a head coach. The former Blackhawks coach has been hired as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Canucks, according to a Cancucks press release this afternoon.
Colliton is 87-92-26 behind the bench in Chicago from November 2018 to November 2021. Colliton was behind the bench this winter with Team Canada as an assistant on the staff led by head coach Claude Julien at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Colliton took over a month into the 2018-19 season, then had two shortened seasons before the 1-9-2 start to the 2021-22 season ended his time as head coach in Chicago.
For as bad as things were at the end in Chicago, Colliton was never the right fit for the Blackhawks. Replacing Joel Quenneville and taking over a veteran-laden team, Colliton was set up for failure by previous Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman who hand-picked Colliton to lead the Blackhawks AHL affiliate in Rockford before being promoted to the top spot in Chicago.