Lorne Molleken

Lorne Molleken (born June 11, 1956) is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender 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.

Lorne Molleken
Born (1956-06-11) June 11, 1956 (age 63)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Saginaw Gears
Springfield Indians
Binghamton Dusters
Indianapolis Checkers
Toledo Goaldiggers
Playing career 1976–1985

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.


Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Molleken began his pro career with the Philadelphia Firebirds of the North American Hockey League in 1976-77. He moved to the International Hockey League and tended goal for the Saginaw Gears and Toledo Goaldiggers, played in the Central Hockey League with the Indianapolis Checkers, and reached the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Dusters and, primarily, for the Springfield Indians.

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

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

Personal lifeEdit

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

Coaching recordEdit

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


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 8, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 23, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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