Blackhawks look to Luke Richardson as next head coach

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Jul 22, 2020; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Luke Richardson and defensemen Christian Folin (32) and Cale Fleury (20) watch the play during a NHL workout at Bell Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks will name Luke Richardson as their new head coach, multiple outlets reported Friday.

He would replace interim coach Derek King, who went 27-33-10 after Jeremy Colliton was fired on Nov. 6.

Richardson, 53, was an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens for the past four seasons.

He filled in behind the Montreal bench during the 2021 NHL playoffs while coach Dominique Ducharme was in the COVID-19 protocol. The Canadiens went 3-3 during that stretch, which included eliminating the Vegas Golden Knights and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

Richardson was the head coach of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators from 2012-16 and has also worked as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

A defenseman from Ottawa and a 1987 first-round pick by Toronto, Richardson played parts of 21 seasons in the NHL with the Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators.

–Field Level Media