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Monday, August 12, 2013
Weeks named Hawks goaltending coach

By Scott Powers

The Chicago Blackhawks named Steve Weeks their goaltending coach on Monday.

Weeks, 55, has been a player, coach and scout in the NHL for 25-plus years. He was most recently the Atlanta Thrashers assistant coach and goaltending specialist from 2001-2010. He also spent eight seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes as a goaltending coach and scout. He played goaltender with five NHL teams over 13 seasons.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Steve Weeks to our organization,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He has over two decades of professional hockey experience and is a well-respected coach both on and off the ice.”

Weeks replaces Stephane Waite, who left the Blackhawks in July after 10 seasons to take the same position with the Montreal Canadiens.

“It’s an honor to join a championship caliber organization like the Chicago Blackhawks,” Weeks said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Corey [Crawford] and Nikolai [Khabibulin] and helping contribute to the continued success of this franchise.”

The Blackhawks’ goaltenders next season are expected to be returning starter Crawford, Khabibulin, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, and Antti Raanta, who was signed from Finland in June. Raanta is expected to begin the season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.