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Blackhawks fire assistant coach

CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks have fired assistant coach Mike Haviland.

Haviland has spent the last four seasons as an assistant, joining the staff in July 2008, a little more than two months before Joel Quenneville became head coach. Haviland also coached the team's American Hockey League affiliates in Norfolk, Va., from 2005-07 and Rockford from 2007-08.

The Hawks finished fourth in the Central Division with 101 points but were eliminated by Phoenix, the Pacific Division champion, in six games. The Chicago power play scored just 42 times in 82 games (15.2 percent), 24th in the 30-team NHL. The penalty kill ranked 27th, allowing goals on 21.9 percent of opposing chances.


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