By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – Jamie Kompon was named an assistant coach for the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, joining Charlie Huddy, goaltender coach Wade Flaherty and video coach Matt Prefontaine on head coach Paul Maurice’s staff.
Kompon, who was born in Thunder Bay, Ont., comes to the Jets after serving as head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks for the past two seasons. He led Portland to a 77-54-13 record over that time, taking the team to the playoffs in both seasons including a trip to the Western Conference Final in 2015.
Kompon, 49, has extensive experience as an NHL assistant coach including six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-11 and two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2012-14. Kompon won the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons, in 2012 with Los Angeles and 2013 with Chicago.
Beore his time in Los Angeles, which included time as the Kings’ Director of Amateur Development from 2006-08, Kompon spent nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues from 1997-2006 in various roles which included: assistant coach, video coach and strength and conditioning coach.
Kompon was an assistant coach with the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League for the 1996-97 season, and in 1994-95 he was named co-head coach at Montreal’s McGill University after spending three seasons there as an assistant coach. Kompon played four seasons as a defenceman at McGill where he also earned a degree in education. He played professionally in the ECHL and in Germany.