New York Islanders Daily: Jeremy Colliton Gets Head Coaching Job With Chicago

By Matt O'Leary
UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 13: Jeremy Colliton #37 of the New York Islanders skates during an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at the Nassau Coliseum on January 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 13: Jeremy Colliton #37 of the New York Islanders skates during an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at the Nassau Coliseum on January 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) /
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Former New York Islanders prospect Jeremy Colliton replaced legendary coach Joel Quenneville after his Blackhawks got off to a slow start.

For the first time in a long time head coach isn’t an issue for the New York Islanders this year. They brought in Barry Trotz after winning the Stanley Cup in 2017-2018 with the Washington Capitals. The difference that Trotz makes is already seen on a nightly basis.

The reason I brought that up is because there’s a three-time Stanley Cup champion on the market now. Joel Quenneville was relieved of his duties yesterday, a move that came as a surprise to most.

Now, former Islanders prospect and second-round pick will take over the job. Jeremy Colliton was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NHL draft. After playing one more year in the WHL he came over to the AHL the following season. In that 2005-2006 season, he even made his NHL debut playing 19 games with the Islanders.

Colliton, who at the time was regarded as one of the Islanders best prospects, never panned out. He ended up playing just 57 games for the New York Islanders over the span of six years and he put up six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the process.

Colliton’s NHL career was finished after the 2010-2011 season at 26-years-old. Colliton is relatively new to coaching. In January of 2014, he retired from playing and began coaching Mora IK of the Sweedish league.

He became the head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, in May of 2017. After one year on the job, he was picked to be the replacement of Joel Quenneville as the coach of the Blackhawks at just 33 years old.

Best of luck to Colliton who has huge shoes to fill.

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