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Blackhawks Add Rob Cookson as Assistant Coach, Give Marc Crawford New Title

With a new Blackhawks’ assistant on board, Marc Crawford becomes associate coach.

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The Chicago Blackhawks’ coaching shifts continue in the wake of Jeremy Colliton’s firing. On Wednesday afternoon, the team added Rob Cookson as an assistant coach and named Marc Crawford associate coach.

Cookson most recently served as an assistant coach for HC Lugano of the National League in Switzerland. His stint there spanned from December 2019 to April 2021.

His prior stops included assistant coaching gigs at the NHL level for the Ottawa Senators (2016-19) and Calgary Flames (2001-11) and a video coach role for the Philadelphia Flyers (1998-00).

Cookson has plenty of experience working with the Blackhawks’ now associate head coach. When Crawford manned the bench for the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League from 2012-16, Cookson served as an assistant. The duo also worked side-by-side in the NHL with the Senators from 2016-19.

Rob Cookson will join the team on Saturday in Edmonton.

As for Marc Crawford, he was the only assistant coach retained when the Blackhawks fired Colliton. Interim head coach Derek King previously stated he would lean on Crawford “a lot” upon assuming his new position. The two have worked in tandem during the ongoing acclimation process, so it seems that setup will continue now that Crawford is an associate coach.

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