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Quenneville Stares Down Milestone

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville looks to accomplish a feat tonight that only 21 others in the history of the NHL have achieved. With a victory on Friday evening, Quenneville would become the 22nd head coach to reach the 400-win plateau, joining, among others, active bench bosses Mike Keenan, Jacques Martin, Ron Wilson, Jacques Lemaire, Marc Crawford and Ken Hitchcock.

Quenneville’s career record currently stands at 399-274-93 (.582 winning percentage) in eleven seasons with Colorado and the St. Louis Blues. He has led Colorado to a 92-65-16 mark during his tenure with the Avalanche and needs eight wins to become only the fourth coach in franchise history to record 100 victories with the team, joining Michel Bergeron (265), Bob Hartley (193) and Marc Crawford (165)

In addition to his outstanding coaching achievements, Quenneville also played 13 seasons (803 games) as an NHL defenseman, making him one of only five coaches in league history to both play and coach in 750 or more games.

And although much has been made of Quenneville’s attempt to join the 400-win club, the coach is more concerned with his team’s success than he is individual laurels.

“Our focus is simply on winning the next one, that’s the priority,” said Quenneville. “You’re always playing to win the next game.”

That next game will come tonight against divisional rival Calgary, whom the Avalanche defeated in an Oct. 16 match-up at Pepsi Center. In that game, the Avs battled back from a 4-0 second-period deficit to earn a 5-4 shootout victory.  This time the Flames will have the home-ice advantage when they host the Avs at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.

“These are all meaningful games,” said Quenneville. “Winning games on the road will really sort out not just who will win the division, but also who will get in the playoffs.”

Most Coaching Wins, NHL History
Scotty Bowman          1,244
Al Arbour                     781
Dick Irvin                     692
Pat Quinn                    657
Bryan Murray              613
Mike Keenan              589 (active)
Billy Reay                    542
Pat Burns                    501
Toe Blake                   500
Glen Sather                497
Jacques Martin          483 (active)
Ron Wilson                474 (active)
Jacques Lemaire     463 (active)
Roger Neilson          460
Brian Sutter                451
Marc Crawford           443 (active)
Ken Hitchcock           441 (active)
Jack Adams              413
Darryl Sutter              409
Jacques Demers    409
Punch Imlach           402
Joel Quenneville      399 (active)
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