Blackhawks solidify coaching staff

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, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks on Monday re-signed assistant coach Mike Haviland and named Mike Kitchen an assistant coach.

"Adding Mike Kitchen and bringing back Mike Haviland bolster what is already a tremendous coaching staff under (head coach Joel Quenneville's) guidance," said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.

"Mike Kitchen and Joel have a great track record of working together and Mike Haviland has had a major impact on our organization's success based on his work over the last five years."

Haviland, 43, has served as an assistant coach for the Blackhawks the past two years following a three-year stint as head coach of the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk (2005-07) and Rockford (2007-08).

The 54-year-old Kitchen joins the Stanley Cup champions after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant with the Florida Panthers. Kitchen also was an assistant under Quenneville in St. Louis from 1998-2004 before replacing the latter as head coach in February 2004.


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