Friday, July 26, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks to Extend Head Coach Joel Quenneville

ESPN Chicago reports that the Chicago Blackhawks will announce a contract extension with head coach Joel Quenneville on Friday.  The 54 year-old Quenneville has been at the helm of the Blackhawks ship since the 2008-09 campaign, when he took the team to the Western Conference finals against the Detroit Red Wings.  Just one year later, he was hoisting the Stanley Cup.  Quenneville's existing contract runs through next season.

According to the Chicago Tribune, this extension was something that General Manager Stan Bowman had wanted to address before the Blackhawks' training camp started:
During the Hawks’ Prospect Camp in mid-July, Hawks general manager Stan Bowman indicated he wanted to extend Quenneville’s contract before training camp opened for the 2013-14 season.
Quenneville has also previously coached with the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche, compiling a total record of 660 wins, 389 losses, 77 ties and 74 overtime losses.

The Blackhawks regular season points percentage under Quenneville in 2012-13 was an astounding .802. The team's lowest points percentage in the regular season with Quenneville behind the bench has been .591.

Did you know......Joel Quenneville was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1978?  

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