Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, who is in his eighth season in Chicago and has one year remaining on his current contract, has signed a three-year extension that runs through the end of the 2019-20 NHL season, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday.
For a franchise facing difficult decisions in order to keep the winning formula intact for years to come, today’s decision to extend Quenneville was a no-brainer.
Quenneville has led the Chicago Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles in the past six seasons. He is, without a doubt, one of the most respected bench bosses in hockey history. He has a chance tonight to add to his already-impressive resume.
With a win tonight against the Nashville Predators, Coach Q can do something simply incredible: move into a tie with the late great Al Arbour for second place in NHL coaching wins with 782.
I don’t care whether you love or hate the Chicago Blackhawks. What Joel Quenneville has been able to do with this organization, especially in the salary cap era, is truly remarkable. Game in and game out, this guy gets the most out of his players. He is a true motivator.
“We’ve got a great situation going here,” said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, who negotiated his second contract extension with Quenneville. “We’re fortunate to have Joel on board, and he’s been a huge part of what we’ve accomplished as a group. There’s no one more you’d want on the bench than Joel, so we’re looking for some continuity and we’ve had it here.”
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