The Chicago Blackhawks made a bombshell announcement on Saturday.
The franchise has fired head coach Jeremy Colliton along with assistants Tomas Mitell and Sheldon Brookbank.
Derek King has been named interim head coach of the Blackhawks while Marc Crawford, Jimmy Waite, Matt Meacham and Dylan Crawford will remain with the Blackhawks.
Anders Sorensen will become interim head coach at Rockford.
Statement from interim general manager Kyle Davidson:
"Our on-ice goal remains the same: to build an elite system of hockey - and we have not delivered on that. The fact is our play and competitiveness must improve. Every game, every shift. Today's coaching changes are difficult, especially given the incredible personal connections Jeremy and others have made with our players in their development. We appreciate Jeremy's contributions to the organization over the last three seasons, and we wish him and his family the best.
We appreciate Derek's willingness to step in behind the bench as we embark on our search for our next permanent head coach. His NHL experience as a player and work with our younger players in Rockford over the last four years gives us great confidence in his ability to lead the Chicago Blackhawks in this interim role."
More details to come.
The Blackhawks have relieved Jeremy Colliton, Tomas Mitell and Sheldon Brookbank of their coaching duties and have named Derek King Interim Head Coach, effective immediately. https://t.co/2PggeNtIY4
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 6, 2021