The turnover in the Chicago Blackhawks' coaching staff continues.
A day after the Hawks hired Jimmy Waite as their goaltending coach, a source said that assistant coach Jamie Kompon will leave the organization to become general manager and head coach of the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
Kompon, who had been an assistant to Joel Quenneville with the Hawks since the 2012-13 season (and with the St. Louis Blues prior to that), will take over the Winterhawks for Mike Johnston, recently named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 47-year-old Kompon has two Stanley Cup rings, winning with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and the Hawks in '13. With the Hawks, Kompon's primary duty was to run the power play. In his first season with the team, the Hawks were 19th in the NHL with a power play that converted 16.7 percent of the time. That improved to 10th in the league at 19.5 last season.
The Hawks on Tuesday would not confirm the departure of Kompon. The Winterhawks announced that they would be introducing a new GM/coach Wednesday afternoon.
The blog "Taking Note ... with Gregg Drinnan" was the first to report Kompon would take the Winterhawks job.
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