Hawks hire Kings' Kompon as assistant

The Chicago Blackhawks hired the Los Angeles Kings' Jamie Kompon as an assistant coach on Tuesday.

The 45-year-old Kompon will be reunited with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and assistant Mike Kitchen, who worked with Kompon with the St. Louis Blues. Kompon was a video coach and later an assistant coach with the Blues from 1997-2006.

Kompon spent the past six seasons with the Stanley Cup champion Kings as an assistant coach.

“We are excited to add Jamie as assistant coach and certainly welcome the Stanley Cup pedigree he brings,” Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He has over 15 years of NHL coaching experience and some obvious familiarity with our staff, having worked under Joel and Mike in St. Louis, which will help our staff and players with the transition.”

The 1999-2000 Blues, with Quenneville, Kitchen and Kompon on staff, set a franchise-record 113 points and captured the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best record.

“Jamie will bring us all the great qualities you look for in a coach, most notably his work ethic and a winning resume,” Quenneville said. “We have a great working relationship, and I am confident he will be a great fit with us here in Chicago.”

Kompon replaces Mike Haviland, who was fired after the season.