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Derek Plante’s time away from the Blackhawks is going to be relatively short as Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune reports that Plante is expected to rejoin Chicago as an assistant coach on Luke Richardson’s staff with an official announcement expected next week. Plante has spent the last two seasons as the Associate Coach with Minnesota-Duluth of the NCAA but before that, he spent five years as a Player Development Coach with the Blackhawks. He’ll join former interim head coach Derek King and Kevin Dean as Richardson’s assistants. Plante briefly spent time as a player with Chicago back in 2000 when he was acquired (with Dean) in a trade near the trade deadline.

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A view of the logo of the Chicago Blackhawks. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports A view of the logo of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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