Jeremy Colliton discusses his journey from playing in the NHL to coaching the Chicago Blackhawks, including the initial pain of leaving a dream behind, and the positive feeling that comes with a new opportunity.
As part of the 2019 NHL Global Series in Prague, we hosted a coaching clinic with the Czech Ice Hockey Federation for over 200 coaches. We also held similar clinics in Berlin, Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland as part of this years Global Series.
CHICAGO – Jeremy Colliton received a call from Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. This itself was not uncommon. Colliton — then the coach of the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs — had steady communication with Bowman in his first 18 months on the job. But on this call, Bowman asked something unusual: “Can I come over?”
It was January 2014 when Peter Hermodsson had seen enough from his underperforming outfit. So, the president of Mora IK in HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second-tier pro league, did what hockey executives do: he found a new leader.