Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville celebrated his 55th birthday Sunday. At 55 years old, Quenneville is one of the older coaches in the NHL, but he is showing no signs of slowing down. In July, he signed a three year contract extension to stay with the Blackhawks. The new extension will keep him in Chicago through the 2016-2017 season. The Blackhawks are a talented bunch, but with Quenneville leading the charge, it makes them even more dangerous to other teams around the league.
Quenneville has spent most of his life in the hockey arena as a player or a coach. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (21st overall) in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. During his playing tenure in the NHL, Quenneville spent time with Toronto, the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals. He may not be known much for his on ice contributions, but it's his performance off the ice that makes Quenneville so valuable.
Joel Quenneville is entering his 17th year as a Head Coach in the NHL. He currently sits sixth all-time on the coaching wins list with 660. He is 33 wins away from moving up to third on the all-time list and 123 wins from sole possession of second. Scotty Bowman sits alone at the top with 1,244 wins – a number that won't be reached for a very long time. At the end of his current contract with the Blackhawks, Quenneville will most likely be second on the list. The Blackhawks would have to average about 31 wins per season for that to happen.
Quenneville has spent time coaching the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, and of course the Chicago Blackhawks. Since becoming the Head Coach of the Blackhawks in 2008, he has helped mentor several young players and has led the team to two Stanley Cups (2010, 2013).
He is received very well in Chicago as both the players and fans have lots of love and respect for him. By giving the city two Stanley Cups in four years, he has also gained the trust of the Blackhawks organization.
Having him as the Coach has been very beneficial for the Blackhawks. He has made many important decisions that have helped the team. Here's hoping the next four years can be as successful as the first five years.
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