CHICAGO - MAY 23: Adam Burish #37 and assistant coach Mike Haviland of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a late third period goal against the San Jose Sharks as the Blackhawks advance to the Stanley Cup after winning Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 4-2 at the United Center on May 23, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland has been fired.
Mike Haviland has been on the coaching staff of the Chicago Blackhawks for four years, but no longer. The team fired their assistant coach on Tuesday evening, and they've called a 7 p.m. ET press conference with head coach Joel Quenneville in addition to the news.
There's been speculation that Quenneville could be interested in taking the head coaching job with the Montreal Canadiens under new general manager Marc Bergevin, a former member of the Chicago front office. There's also the conventional wisdom that Quenneville does not always see eye to eye with general manager Stan Bowman.
We'll see if anything interesting comes out of the press conference on the Quenneville front, and if it's at all related to Haviland's departure. Haviland has been a member of the Chicago organization since taking the head-coaching job with their AHL affiliate in Norfolk in 2005. He moved to Rockford, Ill., when the team changed affiliates in 2007, and he made the leap to the NHL in 2008. Haviland was on the bench when Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010.
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