The man who helped Corey Crawford hone his skills en route to a Stanley Cup has left the Chicago Blackhawks.
Goaltending coach Stephane Waite was appointed to that job for the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced on Thursday.
“Stéphane Waite has over 30 years of experience as a goaltending coach… . We are very pleased to welcome Stéphane in our organization,” said current Canadiens general manager and former Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin. “He has a vast experience, and a thorough knowledge of our local market and we are convinced that our goaltenders will benefit from his expertise and his work ethic.”
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Waite spent 10 seasons as the Blackhawks’ goaltending coach, helping such netminders as Antti Niemi and Crawford. This past season, Crawford and backup Ray Emery combined to win the William B. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goaltender(s) with the best goals-against average.
Waite and Crawford had a great relationship; the two didn’t live far from each other in the Montreal area.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman released the following statement on Thursday following Waite's departure:
"We would like to thank Stephane for his 10 years of service with the Blackhawks organization and the quality of work he put in with many goaltenders over that period of time. We wish him and his family the best in his new position."