Blackhawks hire Mike Kitchen as assistant; re-sign assistant coach Mike Haviland

CHICAGO – Veteran coach Mike Kitchen has signed on as an assistant with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, who also announced the re-signing of assistant Mike Haviland on Monday.

Kitchen spent five years working with current Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville in St. Louis, where the tandem never missed the playoffs. The Blues posted the best record in the league 10 years ago, collecting a franchise-best 114 points with Kitchen serving as Quenneville’s assistant.

“Mike Kitchen and Joel have a great track record of working together,” Chicago general manager Stan Bowman said in a release. “And Mike Haviland has had a major impact on our organization’s success based on his work over the last five years.”

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Kitchen had been an assistant with the Florida Panthers for three seasons, after spending parts of the previous three years as the head coach with the Blues. The 54-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., has also worked as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1990-98).

Haviland is set to enter his third season as a member of Chicago’s staff. He has never missed the playoffs in nine years as a coach, including a seven-year run in the minor leagues.