Blackhawks hire a familiar face as new goalie coach

Blackhawks hire a familiar face as new goalie coach
July 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
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The Chicago Blackhawks have hired their new goaltending coach. And the surname, at least, is a very familiar one.

Jimmy Waite was officially named the Blackhawks’ new goaltending coach on Monday afternoon, several weeks after Steve Weeks was let go by the organization. This Waite is indeed the brother of Stephane Waite, who was the team’s goalie coach before he took the same job with the Montreal Canadiens entering the 2013-14 season.

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“I’m very excited to come back to the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted me in 1987,” said Waite in a statement. “I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Antti (Raanta), and to help contribute to the success of this organization.”

As a goaltender, Waite played 106 career NHL games with the Blackhawks – who drafted him eighth overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft – the San Jose Sharks and the Phoenix Coyotes. His brother, Stephane, had a great relationship with Crawford in their time here.

“We are pleased to welcome Jimmy back to our organization in his new role,” said general manager Stan Bowman in a statement. “He has over two decades of professional hockey experience and will be a great addition to our coaching staff.”