Lorne Molleken

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.

The Vancouver Giants announced on Tuesday, June 30th that Lorne Molleken has been named the sixth Head Coach in the club’s history. On March 18th, 2016 Molleken was fired as head coach of the Vancouver Giants.

Personal life

Molleken is the uncle of Major League Baseball player Dustin Molleken.[1][2]

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
CHI1998–99 231364-(73)3rd in CentralMissed Playoffs
CHI1999–2000 2451342(78)3rd in Central(demoted)
Total 47181982


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