December 2, 2011; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Mark Osiecki watches his team play the Lake Superior State Lakers at Value City Arena. Ohio State won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks hire Mark Osiecki as AHL assistant

The Chicago Blackhawks have hired former Ohio State men’s hockey coach Mark Osiecki as an assistant coach for their American Hockey League affiliate Rockford IceHogs.

Osiecki, 44, served as head coach at The Ohio State University for the past three saesons, where he went 46-50-16 with the Buckeyes. This past season he led the Buckeyes to their first appearance in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) semifinal playoff game since 2005.

Prior to coaching Ohio State, Osiecki was an assistant coach at his Alma mater the University of Wisconsin from 2004 to 2010 and seven seasons as the head coach for the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers from 1997 to 2004.

Osiecki also bring coaching experience at the national junior level having coached the 2010, 2011, and 2013 World Junior Championship teams. He earned two gold medals in 2010 and 2013 as well as bronze in 2011.

Osiecki’s hire comes after the Blackhawks elected not to renew IceHogs assistant coaches Steve Poapst’s and Ben Simon’s contracts.

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