Goaltending coach Waite leaves Chicago Blackhawks


Goaltending coach Stéphane Waite will join the Montreal Canadiens next season after 10 years with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks announced Waite signed with Montreal Thursday morning.

Waite helped develop Annti Niemi into one of the NHL’s best goaltenders during the 2010 season and led Corey Crawford and backup Ray Emery to the William B. Jennings Tropy — awarded to the team with the best goals-against average — this season.

Crawford and Emery allowed only 102 goals during the regular season and Crawford recorded a 1.84 goals-against average and .932 save percentage during the 2013 Playoffs.

Waite was signed by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, former assistant coach and assistant general manager for the Blackhawks.

“We would like to thank Stephane for his 10 years of service with the Blackhawks organization and the quality of work he put in with many goaltenders over that period of time,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “We wish him and his family the best in his new position.”

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