Blackhawks Make Molleken Official
Apr. 08, 1999
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Blackhawks made Lorne Molleken their permanent coach today after six weeks as interim coach.
Molleken replaced Dirk Graham Feb. 22 and currently has a six-game home winning streak. He began the season as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks. Overall, his record is 9-6-4.
Molleken came to the Blackhawks from the Edmonton Oilers, where he coached their minor-league affiliates at Hamilton and Cape Breton for the past three seasons.
As Hamilton coach, he posted a 64-61-35 regular season record and went 15-16 in the playoffs. He was a minor-league player for eight seasons and signed major-league contracts with Los Angeles, the New York Islanders and Minnesota but never played at the NHL level.
The Blackhawks were 19 games under .500 when Graham was fired.