Chicago Blackhawks give coach Joel Quenneville 3-year extension

Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday during a news conference held by general manager Stan Bowman that Blackhawks’ head coach Joel Quenneville will receive a three-year contract extension.

Quenneville was named the 37th head coach in franchise history on Oct. 16, 2008 and has since won the Presidents’ Trophy, for the league’s best regular season record, (2013) and two Stanley Cup Championships with the team (2010 and 2013).

In five seasons with the Hawks, Queneville has led the Hawks to a 222-106-44 record in 372 regular-season games. His .656 regular-season and .613 postseason winning percentages are a franchise best and he is the only coach in franchise history to win two Stanley Cup Championships.

Over his 16-year NHL career, Quenneville has posted a 660-389-162 record, which leads active head coaches and ranks sixth in NHL history. Quenneville reached the 600 win milestone on Dec. 18, 2011, becoming the second quickest to do so only behind current Hawks Senior Advisor Scotty Bowman.

Prior to joining the Hawks, Quenneville spent seven seasons behind the bench with division rivals St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) and Colorado Avalanche (2005-2008).

In the 1999-2000 season with St. Louis he captured his first career Presidents’ Trophy with a franchise record 114 points and his first Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach. During his seven seasons with the Blues, he led them to a 307-191-95 record, making him the winningest coach in franchise history.

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Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville, NHL

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