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updated: 8/12/2013 3:19 PM

Blackhawks hire Weeks to coach goalies

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday they have hired Steve Weeks as the team's goaltending coach.

"We are thrilled with the addition of Steve Weeks to our organization," said Stan Bowman, the club's vice president and general manager Stan Bowman. "He has over two decades of professional hockey experience and is a well-respected coach both on and off the ice."

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Weeks, 55, has more than 25 years of NHL experience as a player, coach and scout, most recently as an assistant coach and goaltending specialist for nine seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001 to 2010.

Before joining the Thrashers, Weeks spent eight seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes (formerly Hartford Whalers) organization from 1993 to 2001, where he served as a goaltending coach and scout.

"It's an honor to join a championship caliber organization," said Weeks. "I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Nikolai (Khabibulin) and helping contribute to the continued success of this franchise."

The Scarborough, Ontario, native played 13 seasons in the NHL from 1980 to 1993, appearing in 290 career games with the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators.

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