By Shannon Ryan
Chicago Tribune Reporter
CHICAGO – Much of Hawks assistant coach Mike Haviland‘s professional career has been spent on the road, and part of it didn’t always look like the fast track to the NHL.
First as a traveling salesman on the East Coast for Sunshine Biscuits, which among other items made Cheez-Its. Then as a New Jersey youth hockey coach. And finally maneuvering through the ECHL, AHL and into the NHL without the reputation of a storied professional career to attach name recognition to his résumé.
“Fifteen years ago, I was selling cookies,” Haviland said. “I was in a regular job until I woke up one day and said, ‘This isn’t me.’ If you compare it to baseball, I came from AA as an assistant to 10 years later being in the [bigs].”