Lorne Molleken

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Lorne Molleken (born June 11, 1956 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and coach. Molleken was head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks at the end of the 1999 and the beginning of the 2000 season. He was nominally demoted to an assistant under Bob Pulford in December 1999, but Pulford allowed Molleken to continue making most of the on-ice decisions while serving largely as a senior consultant.

He is remembered primarily for receiving a black eye from Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee following an infamous September 25, 1999 preseason game in which, among other things, Capitals winger Trevor Halverson suffered a career-ending concussion. McPhee received thirty days' suspension and a fine from the league.

Lorne Molleken played minor league hockey in Toledo, Ohio for the Toledo Goal Diggers.

He would also coach the Saskatoon Blades, Cape Breton Oilers, Hamilton Bulldogs, Regina Pats, and Chicago Blackhawks, and also serve as an assistant to Ed Olczyk with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
CHI 1998–99 23 13 6 4 - (73) 3rd in Central Missed Playoffs
CHI 1999–2000 24 5 13 4 2 (78) 3rd in Central (demoted)
Total 47 18 19 8 2

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Preceded by
Dirk Graham
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
1999
Succeeded by
Bob Pulford