Colliton On Crawford Hiring: He'll 'Make Me Better'

With 18 years of coaching experience, Marc Crawford was hired as a Hawks' assistant.

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June 24, 2019 - 12:24 pm
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(670 The Score) As his first full season leading a team on an NHL bench looms, 34-year-old Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton believes he'll benefit greatly by the team's hiring of veteran Marc Crawford as an assistant.

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"To me, it was a no-brainer," Colliton said of Crawford's hiring in an interview with David Haugh and Tom Thayer on 670 The Score on Monday morning. "I really wanted that presence on the staff. We interviewed a lot of people. I talked to a lot of people. For a while, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get exactly that type of profile that I was looking for. And when he didn't get the Ottawa job, things kind of fell into place. I feel really fortunate to get him. We're here to win, and ultimately everyone every day has got to bring your best. And I think part of that is surrounding yourself with people who can add different things. I don't have that experience, so the opportunity to bring him in is going to make me better. And that's what's required for us to win."

Crawford has 18 seasons of NHL coaching experience, 16 of which he spent as a head coach or interim head coach for Quebec/Colorado, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Dallas and Ottawa. Crawford led the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup victory in 1995-'96.

Crawford most recently served as the interim head coach of the Ottawa Senators, leading them to a 7-10-1 mark near the end of this past season. He had been the associate head coach in Ottawa for three seasons before that interim role.