Luke Richardson: it's confirmed

Luke Richardson: it's confirmed


The Chicago Blackhawks formalized the hiring of Luke Richardson as the club's head coach on Monday. 

The 53-year-old has spent the last four seasons as an assistant behind the bench for the Montreal Canadiens.  

This will be his first experience as a driver in the National Hockey League (NHL), as he has however was the head coach of the Binghamton Senators for four years in the American League.

 Richardson has also worked as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders organizations. The Ontarian also has 1,417 games of NHL experience as a defenseman. 

He had 201 points and 2,055 penalty minutes with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators.

The Blackhawks are trying to return to success after failing to qualify for the playoffs the past two seasons. In 2021-22, the Illinois club finished seventh in the Central Division with a poor record of 28-42-12. Derek King served as interim head coach at Chicago this season, having taken over from Jeremy Colliton. The latter was fired at the beginning of November.

A big loss for the CH

For his part, the Canadian will soon have to find a replacement at Richardson. The one who was the assistant of Claude Julien, Dominique Ducharme and Martin St-Louis was responsible for defenders and numerical inferiority.

“We are not looking for a replacement for Luke, because we want that he be back in Montreal if he doesn't get the job. I can also say that Luke has no interest from here unless he gets the chance to be a head coach somewhere else,” said general manager Kent Hughes a dozen years ago. days, during the press conference organized on the sidelines of the exchange of Shea Weber.

Also remember that St-Louis has confirmed that he wants to continue to be surrounded by the same assistants as last year . Alexandre Burrows, Trevor Letowski and Éric Raymond should therefore all be back in 2022-2023.