With Stephane Waite, the Blackhawks goaltending coach of the last 10 seasons, joining the Montreal Canadiens' organization this summer, the Hawks have announced that they've hired Steve Weeks as their new goalie coach.
Here's the official press release:
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have hired Steve Weeks as the team’s goaltending coach.
“We are thrilled with the addition of Steve Weeks to our organization,” said Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. “He has over two decades of professional hockey experience and is a well-respected coach both on and off the ice.”
Weeks, 55, has more than 25 years of National Hockey League experience as a player, coach and scout, most recently serving as an assistant coach and goaltending specialist for nine seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001 to 2010. Prior to joining the Thrashers, Weeks spent eight seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes (formerly Hartford Whalers) organization from 1993 to 2001, where he served as a goaltending coach and scout.
“It’s an honor to join a championship caliber organization like the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Weeks. “I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Nikolai (Khabibulin) and helping contribute to the continued success of this franchise.”
The Scarborough, Ontario, native played 13 seasons in the NHL from 1980 to 1993, appearing in 290 career games with the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators. Prior to his professional career, Weeks appeared in 96 games over four seasons with Northern Michigan University from 1976 to 1980 and was named to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association 1970’s All-Decade Team.
Weeks has large shoes to fill in his new role. Waite led the Hawks to two Stanley Cup Championships, and played key roles in the development goaltenders Antti Niemi, Corey Crawford, Craig Anderson and others. Hopefully, Weeks can pick up where Waite left off and mentors some goalies of the future while keeping Crawford's play at a high level.