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Devils Complete Coaching Staff with Jeremy Colliton Hire

The Devils complete their cosching staff with Jeremy Colliton hire. Ryan McGill, Chris Taylor, Sergei Brylin, and Goaltending Coach Dave Rogalski will all remain on Sheldon Keefe’s staff.

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Former Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The New Jersey Devils announced on Tuesday that they’ve added assistant coach Jeremy Colliton to the coaching staff.

Last week, insider Elliotte Friedman explained he had heard Colliton’s name in the Devils’ ring for a potential coaching position alongside Sheldon Keefe. On Tuesday, Colliton’s hire became official.

According to a team source, Colliton complete’s Keefe’s coaching staff. That means Ryan McGill, Chris Taylor, Sergei Brylin, and Goaltending Coach Dave Rogalski will all remain on Keefe’s staff.

According to the press release, “Colliton was most recently head coach of the Abbotsford Canucks, Vancouver’s AHL affiliate, for the past two seasons. In his two regular seasons at the helm of Abbotsford, he posted identical records of 40-25-7 and led them to the Calder Cup Playoffs.

“Colliton also has head coaching experience in the National Hockey League, serving as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for parts of four seasons (2018-19 to 2021-22). At the time of his hiring, he was the youngest coach in the NHL and over his tenure guided the Blackhawks to a record of 87-92-26 (.488 points %). At the time of his hiring by the Blackhawks on November 6, 2018, Colliton was coaching his second season with their AHL affiliate in Rockford. In 2017-18, his first season with Rockford, the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Colliton finished with a career record of 46-31-0-11 in 88 games with the IceHogs.”

Prior to his hire in New Jersey, Colliton was a coaching candidate for the vacant head coaching position with the San Jose Sharks. However, San Jose has seemingly narrowed down their search to two names, Marco Sturm and Ryan Warsofsky.

Back in 2018 upon his hire with the Blackhawks, Colliton’s most notable asset was his communication skills with young players.

“He has been very impressive as a communicator, a leader, and coach,” Stan Bowman explained the Chicago media. “He knows the Blackhawks system, understands our players and our culture and we believe he gives us the best opportunity to have success and grow as a team.”

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