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Columbus assistant coach leaves team due to ‘private family matter’

Jun 3, 2014, 7:29 PM EST

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Assistant coach Dan Hinote is leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets organization due to a personal matter, the club announced on Tuesday.

“I’m disappointed that Dan won’t be continuing the work we’ve started here, but I understand his desire and need to put family matters first,” said Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards said in a statement. “He has been a great asset to our staff and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication.”

Here’s more, from the Columbus Dispatch:

Hinote, citing a “private family matter,” will move to Chicago later this summer, he told The Dispatch. He declined to comment further.

The Blue Jackets hired Hinote as a third assistant coach four seasons ago, after his playing career ended with a season in Europe. He was promoted to replace Keith Acton two years ago when Acton left for Edmonton.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen signed Richards to a two-year extension last month, putting him under contract through the 2016-17 season. The assistants are next in line for long-term deals.

Hinote, 37, joined the Jackets’ coaching staff just two years after wrapping his NHL career. His best season came during the 2000-01 campaign, when he posted a career-high 15 points for the Stanley Cup-winning Avalanche.

Losing Hinote could be big for Columbus. He’s part of a coaching staff that’s been praised repeatedly throughout the last two seasons for coaxing good results out of a hard-working team, one that won its first-ever playoff games against Pittsburgh this spring.

  1. govtminion - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I hadn’t realized that’s where he ended up at- I lost track of him after he left the Avalanche. He was a fun player there- like a Brad Marchand type, but without that scoring touch. Really fun player, always fun to see on the ice.

    Hoping his family issue is something easy to resolve, wishing him the best.

    • bencia823 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I know you didn’t just call that weasel “fun”. BM is the perfect abbreviation for him, because he is a piece of crap

  2. stcrowe - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Sounds like Mrs. Hinote got sick of living in Columbus and Dan is moving to Chicago to save his marriage. It happens, usually in Edmonton.

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