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Assistant coach Jamie Kompon leaving Blackhawks staff
Blackhawks assistant coach Jamie Kompon is leaving the team to become the head coach and general manager of the Portland Winterhawks, a junior team in the Western Hockey League, according to a source.
Kompon has been a Hawks assistant for the past two seasons, replacing Mike Haviland after spending six seasons on the Los Angeles Kings staff. Before that, he spent nine years with the Blues, working on Joel Quenneville’s staff alongside current Hawks assistant Mike Kitchen. Kompon won back-to-back Stanley Cups, with the Kings in 2012 and the Hawks in 2013.
One of Kompon’s primary responsibilities with the Hawks was coaching the power play, which improved to 10th in the league this past season after placing 19th in his first season. The Hawks scored on 12-of-57 power plays (21.1 percent) in the playoffs.
Kompon’s departure means the Hawks will open the season with a half-new coaching staff. They just added goaltending coach Jimmy Waite — brother of longtime goalie coach Stephane Waite — to the staff this week after firing Steve Weeks after one season.
The Winterhawks, who have been in the WHL final in each of the past four seasons — winning in 2013 — have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon.