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Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and Head Coach Joel Quenneville agree to multi-year contract extension

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The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and Head Coach Joel Quenneville have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the conclusion of the 2013-14 National Hockey League season.

“This is an exciting day for my family and I. Chicago is a place we are proud to call home and the Blackhawks organization is one we feel fortunate to be a part of,” said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. “Winning the Stanley Cup was a special season for all of us involved and I am looking forward to more opportunities in the years to come.”

Quenneville is entering his third season with the Blackhawks after being named the 37th head coach in franchise history on October 16, 2008. Under his guidance the organization captured the 2010 Stanley Cup, Chicago’s first since 1961.

“Having Joel on board for the future was always a top priority for us as an organization,” said Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. “His winning attitude is contagious with our players and support staff and I am confident his contract extension will help solidify the Blackhawks as an elite team on the ice for years to come.”

In Quenneville’s 160 regular-season games as Blackhawks head coach, the team has compiled a record of 97-44-19. His regular-season points percentage of .666 is the best in Chicago franchise history, while his .641 postseason winning percentage (25-14) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940.

Over parts of 13 seasons as a head coach in the National Hockey League, the Windsor, Ontario, native has posted a 535-327-137 record that includes seven full seasons with the St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) and three with the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08). Entering the 2010-11 campaign, his 535 regular- season wins rank 11th overall in National Hockey League history, and third among active coaches. Quenneville became the 14th head coach in NHL history to win 500 games when he guided Chicago to a 4-3 shootout win over Columbus on Dec. 1, 2009. His 999 games behind the bench as a head coach ranks fourth among active bench bosses. He has guided 11 of his 13 teams to the postseason, which includes reaching at least the second round on eight occasions.

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 nine of his ten full seasons as a head coach, which includes a career-best 52 victories with Chicago in 2009-10. During the 1999-2000 season he guided St. Louis to a career-best and franchise-record 113 points, as the team captured the President’s Trophy for the league’s best record. He remains the winningest coach in Blues history, having compiled a 307-191-95 record at 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).

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.
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