Blackhawks hire new goaltending coach

Blackhawks hire new goaltending coach
August 12, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The Blackhawks announced on Monday afternoon that they have hired Steve Weeks as the team's new goaltending coach.

Between his playing, coaching and scouting career, 55-year-old Weeks has more than 25 years of experience in the National Hockey League. In his most recent stint, he served as the goaltending coach for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001-2010.

[EARLIER THIS OFFSEASON: Goaltending coach Waite leaves for Montreal]

“We are thrilled with the addition of Steve Weeks to our organization,” Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman said in the team's press release. “He has over two decades of professional hockey experience and is a well-respected coach both on and off the ice.”

Throughout his 13-year playing career, Weeks served in net for the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators. Now, he's looking forward to joining the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“It’s an honor to join a championship caliber organization like the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Weeks. “I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Nikolai (Khabibulin) and helping contribute to the continued success of this franchise.”