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New Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton, 33, doesn't think his age will be an issue in the locker room

New Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton, 33, doesn't think his age will be an issue in the locker room
Published On: Thu, Nov 08
Sep 20, 2015; Providence,RI, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Smith (30) watches as the puck goes behind the net during the third period of a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The circus atmosphere that came with Tuesdaya€™s stunningA BlackhawksA coaching change was largely gone a day after, but the biggest questions surrounding the move remained.

How will players react to going fromA Joel Quenneville, one of the greatest coaches inA NHLhistory, to 33-year-old rookie coachA Jeremy Colliton?

Can the Hawks turn their season around and make the playoffs?

Will the power play finally start working?

Colliton is nearly 10 years younger than theA Devilsa€™ John Hynes, the second-youngest coach in the league. Collitona€™s age will be a popular topic among fans, at least until he proves himself capable of winning in the NHL. But he doesna€™t expect it to be an issue where it matters: in the locker room.

a€œThe challenge is not so much different if I were 20 years older,a€ Colliton said Wednesday. a€œI have to come in with a plan and show them I can help them win. (If) we as a team have success, then theya€™re all going to look good and theya€™re not going to worry about how old I am.a€

DefensemanA Erik GustafssonA gives Colliton a lot of credit for helping him restore his confidence after being sent to Rockford at the start of last season. Gustafsson rejoined the Hawks in January and has gone from fringe NHL player to key member of the defense.

Gustafsson can see how Collitona€™s age initially might be a factor but said it wona€™t last for long.

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