Mike Kitchen is in his third season as an Assistant Coach for the Blackhawks after being named to the coaching staff on July 12, 2010. Kitchen previously spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panthers (2007-10).
The Newmarket, Ontario, native served as the Head Coach of the St. Louis Blues for three seasons from 2004-06, compiling a 38-70-23 record while leading the club to a postseason berth in 2004. Prior to that, Kitchen served as an Assistant Coach with the Blues from 1998-2003, all under Joel Quenneville, St. Louis’ Head Coach at the time. They led the Blues to a franchise-record 114 points in 1999-2000 while earning the Presidents’ Trophy, and together the two have never missed the playoffs.
Kitchen also spent nine seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1990-98), helping the club reach the postseason five times, including two appearances in the conference finals. He played eight seasons in the National Hockey League as a defenseman, collecting 74 points (12G, 62A) and 370 penalty minutes in 474 regular-season games with the Colorado Rockies (1976-82) and New Jersey Devils (1982-84). Kitchen and Quenneville were teammates in Colorado and New Jersey from 1979-83.
Kitchen and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, Amy and Megan.