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Joel Quenneville
Chicago Blackhawks - Head Coach
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Joel Quenneville was named the 37th Head Coach in Chicago Blackhawks history on October 16, 2008. He originally joined the organization as a Pro Scout in September 2008.

Quenneville has been a proven winner throughout his career, registering a .592 regular-season winning percentage in parts of 11 years as a head coach in the NHL, including seven seasons with the St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) and three with the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08). A veteran of 839 regular-season games as a head coach, he boasts a coaching record 155 games over .500 (438-283-118). He most recently served as the bench boss for the Avalanche in 2007-08, posting a 44-31-7.

The Windsor, Ontario, native has guided nine of his 11 teams to the postseason, which includes reaching at least the second round on six occasions. In 2007-08, he led the Avalanche to the Western Conference Semifinals before being eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings.

One of only three men in the history of the NHL to have played in and coached 800 or more games, Quenneville has notched at least 40 wins in eight of his nine full seasons as a head coach, which includes a career-best 51 victories – and 113 points – in 1999-2000 with St. Louis when the team captured the President’s Trophy for the league’s best record. He is the winningest coach in Blues history, having compiled a 307-191-95 record in that post. Quenneville was awarded the 2000 Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach and also served as the head coach of the North American All-Stars at the 2001 NHL All-Star Game.

Quenneville was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (21st overall) of the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He spent 13 seasons as an NHL defenseman, netting 54 goals, 136 assists, 190 points and 705 penalty minutes in 803 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1979-80), Colorado Rockies (1980-82), New Jersey Devils (1982-83), Hartford Whalers (1983-90) and Washington Capitals (1990-91). His best year statistically was the 1980-81 season with Colorado, when he scored 34 points (10 G, 24 A) in 71 games.

He retired as an active player after the 1991-92 season, when he served as a player-coach for the American Hockey League’s St. John’s Maple Leafs. Quenneville broke into coaching with the AHL’s Springfield Indians before serving as an assistant coach for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche organization for two and a half seasons. He helped Colorado capture the 1996 Stanley Cup in that position before accepting his first NHL head coaching job with St. Louis for the 1996-97 campaign.

Quenneville and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children: Dylan, Lily and Anna.




Quote of the Day

Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals