- Scott Powers, Reporter
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Jamie Kompon is leaving the Chicago Blackhawks' coaching staff and will be named the head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks, according to multiple reports.
Kompon's departure was first reported by hockey writer Gregg Drinnan at gdrinnan.blogspot.com. A Blackhawks spokesperson was unable to confirm the reports.
Kompon joined the Blackhawks' staff as an assistant to head coach Joel Quenneville before the 2012-13 season and spent two seasons with the Blackhawks. Kompon had also been an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues. He won a Stanley Cup while an assistant for the Kings in 2012 and as assistant with the Blackhawks in 2013.
Kompon coached the Blackhawks' power play during his two seasons. The Blackhawks ranked 19th in the NHL with a 16.7 power-play percentage in the 2013 season and were tied for ninth with a 19.5 percentage this past season.
Rockford IceHogs coach Ted Dent could be among the candidates to replace Kompon. Dent has been the head coach of the IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, for the past three seasons and has been in the Blackhawks' organization for eight years. He was previously rumored to be in the mix for an assistant position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Blackhawks named Jimmy Waite their new goaltending coach on Monday. He replaced Steve Weeks in the position.
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