Marc Crawford won’t be staying in Ottawa, as the veteran coach has been hired on by the Chicago Blackhawks as an assistant coach. Crawford joins a very young group led by head coach Jeremy Colliton, giving them plenty of experience to lean on this season. Crawford’s son Dylan Crawford serves as the team’s assistant video coach.
Crawford, 58, brings nearly two decades of head coaching experience to the side of Colliton, including a Stanley Cup title with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. He had taken over as head coach of the Ottawa Senators when Guy Boucher was fired during the season, but after D.J. Smith was brought in as the next bench boss, Crawford needed a new gig. That will be in the Central Division, a place Crawford will feel quite familiar with given his time in Colorado and Dallas. He’ll come in under a head coach which he has already spoken highly of:
Jeremy has an extremely bright and innovative mind and I am totally impressed by his presence and enthusiasm. I know we will have a terrific relationship and my experience should benefit the entire coaching staff.
Not only has Crawford “seen it all” in terms of success and failure in the NHL, he also will be able to relate to the 34-year old Colliton as he tries to turn things around in Chicago. Crawford was the youngest head coach to ever win the Jack Adams Trophy when he took it home in 1995—the same age Colliton is now. He had just taken a Quebec Nordiques team that finished with 76 points the year previous to the playoffs, and won the Stanley Cup just a year later. While that kind of turnaround will be difficult to replicate, his experience in the same situation will be invaluable to the young Blackhawks head coach.