After a long 2 months, Barry Smith is finally heading back to the front office. Last night, Smith assistant coaches his last game for the Blackhawks in their win over the Islanders.
Barry Smith, a front office snake, was hired as assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks following Stan Bowman‘s rebellion when he cleared out Head Coach Joel Quinneville and his assistant coaches Ulf Samuelsson and Kevin Dineen. When Barry Smith was hired as assistant coach, it was perceived as an extra jab by Hawks fans who have been around for a while.
If you don’t know, Smith and Quinneville weren’t exactly the best of friends. Back in 2012, Smith was sent by the front office to watch and assist in some Hawks practices. This lead to a confrontation between Quinneville and Bowman about how Q had not approved or ask for Smith’s assistance at practice. This caused a rift to grow between Quinneville and Bowman which has now cost Q his job.
Hiring Smith after Q felt like a low blow that was unnecessary. But now peace is (somewhat) restored with Smith heading back to his office job.
To replace Smith, the Hawks have hired Sheldon Brookbank, a retired Hawks defenseman, who has been an assistant over in Rockford. Brookbank was apart of the Hawks 2013 Cup victory.
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