CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have hired Jeremy Colliton as head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Blackhawks.
Colliton spent the last four seasons as the head coach of Mora IK in Sweden’s second division (HockeyAllsvenskan). The Blackie, Alberta native led Mora IK to a promotion to the Swedish Hockey League for the 2017-18 season.
“Jeremy’s experience as a player and a coach will allow him to be a great leader and mentor for our young prospects in Rockford,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager, Stan Bowman in the team release. “He is coming off a great start to his coaching career with four successful seasons in Sweden and fits very well into our plan of continuing to develop our younger players.”
Colliton finished up his playing career with Mora IK in 2013-14. Prior to playing with Mora IK, Colliton split his time with the NHL’s New York Islanders and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Colliton also spent half of the 2009-10 season with Rögle BK in the Swedish Elite League.
Colliton is the fourth Head Coach in Rockford’s AHL history, and 10th overall as the team enters its 19th season.
The Rockford IceHogs have always had a strong relationship with the Indy Fuel, their ECHL affiliate. Both teams consistently send players up and down for conditioning as well as to replace injured players.
Bringing in Colliton will give the IceHogs a younger, more relatable coach and will also give Fuel Head Coach, Bernie John, the chance to work with a new, younger coach and create a new plan when it comes to bringing players up and down from Rockford.