Quenneville turned Blackhawks into Stanley Cup champions

Quenneville turned Blackhawks into Stanley Cup champions

Joel Quenneville, the second-winningest coach in NHL history, was fired Tuesday by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Quenneville, 60, has 890 wins, more than any other NHL coach except Scotty Bowman (1,244). He was in his 11th season with the Blackhawks and led Chicago to the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Here’s a timeline of Quenneville’s career:

June 15, 1978 — Quenneville, a defenseman coming off a 103-point season with Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League, is selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (No. 21) of the 1978 NHL Draft. He makes his NHL debut on Oct. 22 against the New York Rangers and scores his first NHL goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 3, 1979.

Dec. 29, 1979 — The Maple Leafs trade Quenneville to the Colorado Rockies as part of a package for forward Lanny McDonald.

March 21, 1981 — Quenneville has an assist in the Rockies’ 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s the last game he plays in what turns out to be his best offensive season; he finishes with 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 71 games.

July 5, 1983 — Two weeks after being traded to the Calgary Flames by the New Jersey Devils, Quenneville is traded to the Hartford Whalers with defenseman Richie Dunn for defenseman Mickey Volcan. Quenneville plays seven seasons with the Whalers.

Oct. 3, 1990 — The Whalers trade Quenneville to the Washington Capitals for cash. He plays nine games for the Capitals in 1990-91, his final season in the NHL. He finishes with 190 points (54 goals, 136 assists) in 803 NHL games.

July 30, 1991 — Quenneville signs with the Maple Leafs. He spends the 1991-92 season as a player/assistant coach with St. John’s of the American Hockey League.

Jan. 6, 1997 — After serving as an AHL coach (Springfield) and an NHL assistant (Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche), Quenneville gets his first NHL coaching job with the St. Louis Blues. He replaces Jim Roberts, who had replaced Mike Keenan 18 days earlier. The Blues finish 18-15-7 under Quenneville and advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they lose in six games to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

April 9, 2000 — The Blues finish the season 51-19-1 with 11 ties, winning the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time. The 114 points remain a team record. However, the San Jose Sharks upset the Blues in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, winning the series in seven games. Quenneville wins the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach.

Feb. 24, 2004 — With the Blues in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1978-79, Quenneville is fired. He is 307-191-18 with 77 ties in 593 games with St. Louis. His 307 wins remain a Blues record.

July 7, 2004 — Quenneville returns to the Avalanche when he’s hired as coach, replacing Tony Granato. When the NHL resumes play in 2005 after the lockout, Quenneville guides the Avalanche to the second round of the playoffs. They fail to qualify in 2006-07 despite matching their point total in 2005-06 (95). Quenneville gets the Avalanche back to the playoffs in 2007-08, but after they’re eliminated in the second round by the Red Wings, he’s fired on May 9, 2008.

Oct. 16, 2008 — One month after being hired by the Blackhawks as a pro scout, Quenneville is named to succeed Denis Savard as coach. The Blackhawks, who haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2002, go 45-22-11 under Quenneville, finish second in the Central Division and get as far as the Western Conference Final before being eliminated by the Red Wings, who go on to win the Stanley Cup.

June 9, 2010 — The Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961 when Patrick Kane‘s overtime goal in Game 6 of the Final gives them a 4-3 victory against the Flyers. The victory ends a streak of five consecutive losses in the Final and gives Quenneville his first championship as an NHL coach.

Video: 2010: Chicago ends 49-year Cup drought on Kane goal

June 24, 2013 — Quenneville becomes a two-time Cup winner with the Blackhawks when Chicago rallies to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Final. The victory caps a season in which the Blackhawks finish first in the regular season (36-7-5) after getting at least one point in each of their first 24 games (21-0-3).

June 15, 2015 — The Blackhawks win the Cup for the third time in six seasons when they defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 of the Final at United Center. It’s the first time the Blackhawks win the Cup at home since 1938, and he becomes the third coach in Chicago history to win at least three championships, joining George Halas of the NFL’s Bears and Phil Jackson of the NBA’s Bulls.

Jan. 14, 2016 — The Blackhawks defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at Bell Centre to give Quenneville his 783rd victory, moving him past Al Arbour into second place on the all-time list for coaching wins. On April 3, the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins 6-4 to give Quenneville his 800th win.

March 10, 2018 — Quenneville coaches his 1,608th NHL game, passing Arbour for second place on the all-time list behind Bowman (2,141). It comes in a 7-4 loss to the Bruins. The Blackhawks finish the season 33-39-10 and miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.

Nov. 6, 2018 — With the Blackhawks off to a 6-6-3 start after being swept on a three-game trip through Western Canada, Quenneville is fired and replaced by Jeremy Colliton. He finishes his time in Chicago 452-249-96 (.627) in 797 games with a 76-52 mark in the playoffs and is the only coach in Blackhawks history to win the Stanley Cup three times. His overall record is 890-532-137 with 77 ties.


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