Assistant Jamie Kompon leaving Blackhawks for WHL job
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter July 8, 2014 8:36PM
DENVER, CO - MARCH 12: Assistant coach Jamie Kompon of the Chicago Blackhawks directs the team during a time out against the Colorado Avalanche as head coach Joel Quenneville looks on at Pepsi Center on March 12, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 3-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 181114484
Updated: July 9, 2014 2:22AM
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 the last two seasons, replacing Mike Haviland after spending six seasons on the Los Angeles Kings’ staff. Before that, he spent nine years with the St. Louis 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 — this week after firing Steve Weeks after one season.
The Winterhawks, who have been in the WHL final in each of the last four seasons, winning in 2013, have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon.