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The Friday Five: Happy Birthday to Q!

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

It’s birthday weekend for Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville, as he celebrates his special day on Saturday, Sept. 15. To salute the 37th bench boss in Blackhawks history (and his famous ‘stache), we showcase the coach’s most notable achievements in The Friday Five: Happy Birthday to Q!

1.Leads all active NHL coaches with 624 career regular-season wins and 72 playoff wins.

His 624 regular-season wins are good for seventh in NHL history, and his 72 playoff wins rank ninth in NHL history. While serving as head coach for the entirety of a season, the Winsor, Ontario, native has qualified for playoffs in all but one season in his 15-year coaching career.

2.One of only three men in NHL history to have played in and coached 800 games.

Quenneville retired after the 1991-92 season, having played 13 seasons as an NHL defenseman (54G, 136A) before transitioning behind the bench. Jacques Lemaire is the only other man to have reached both milestones.

3.Leads active NHL coaches with 1,163 regular-season games coached.

Over parts of 15 years as a head coach in the NHL, Coach Q has compiled a 642-382-157 record. This includes parts of eight seasons in St. Louis, a three-year stint with the Colorado Avalanche and four years with the Blackhawks.

4.Received the 2000 Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach, following a franchise-record 113 point season with St. Louis.

Quenneville remains the winningest coach in Blues history, having compiled a 307-191-95 record during his tenure there.

5.Became the 10th coach in NHL history to cross the 600-win mark, reaching the milestone in the second-fewest number of games (1,114).

The 600th win for Coach Q came in a 4-2 victory over Calgary on Dec. 18, 2011, at the United Center. Scotty Bowman, currently the Blackhawks’ Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations, compiled 600 wins in 1,002 games.

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