The Chicago Blackhawks have fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen.
After the Blackhawks became the first top-seeded team to be swept in the first round of the playoffs since the NHL adopted its current playoff format in 1994, GM Stan Bowman promised changes.
"We believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward," Bowman said in a statement. "Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future."