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Blackhawks Aim to Hire Permanent Head Coach by Mid-July

The Blackhawks hope to have their permanent bench boss in place around or shortly after the 2022 NHL Draft, which takes place July 7-8.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are amidst a complete rebuild. That includes everything from the on-ice product to the front office to the coaching staff. Front-office reshaping began over the winter and initial roster moves followed soon after as the coaching staff remained intact. But general manager Kyle Davidson said Tuesday that the Blackhawks aim to hire a permanent head coach by mid-July.

Davidson provided additional context by stating the team hopes to have its permanent bench boss in place around or shortly after the 2022 NHL Draft, which takes place July 7-8.

Also part of Davidson's vision for building the coaching staff is starting with a "clean slate." The Blackhawks made strides toward that objective by parting ways with assistant coaches Marc Crawford and Rob Cookson shortly after the 2021-22 season.

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On the surface, a "clean slate" would seemingly indicate interim head coach Derek King will not return as well. But Davidson clarified that the departures of Crawford and Cookson would not affect King's chances of returning. In 70 games behind the Blackhawks bench, Derek King had a 27-33-10 record (.457 points percentage).

If this winter's general manager search is any indication of the Chicago Blackhawks' head coaching search process, expect a number of candidates with varying backgrounds to interview.