Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Jamie Kompon is leaving the team to serve as Head Coach/General Manager of the Portland Winterhawks. The Portland Winterhawks play in the Western Hockey League, and they are a very successful franchise. Their former Head Coach left to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Before he was with the Blackhawks, he served for six years as an assistant and Director of Amateur Scouting with the L.A. Kings. He helped the Kings capture the Stanley Cup in 2012. Before that, he held various positions within the St. Louis Blues organization for nine years. While with the Blues, as an assistant, he served with Joel Quenneville and Mike Kitchen.
He was in charge of the bulk of the Hawks power play during his tenure. In the last two years under Kompon, the Blackhawks have finished 19th (16.7 PP%) and 10th (19.5 PP%) respectively in the NHL power play rankings. Their power play percentage has been below average and at times, the power play has been lifeless. Hopefully, the Hawks will now be able to find a new assistant who can help with their number on the power play.
Regarding the Hawks search for a new assistant, no names have yet been mentioned. This comes on the heels of signing Jimmy Waite as the new goaltending coach.
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