Blackhawks Extend Quenneville’s Contract

Joel Quenneville

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on from the bench against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 29, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday a three-year contract extension for Head Coach Joel Quenneville, which runs through the end of the 2019-20 National Hockey League season.

Quenneville is in his eighth season with the Blackhawks after being named the 37th Head Coach in franchise history on Oct. 16, 2008. He is the only active coach to have led a team to three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013 and 2015) and is currently one win shy of tying Al Arbour as the second-winningest coach in league history.

In Quenneville’s 580 regular-season games behind the Blackhawks bench, the team has compiled a record of 343-168-69. His regular-season points percentage of .651 is the best in Chicago franchise history, while his .624 postseason winning percentage (73-44) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940. Under his leadership, the Blackhawks claimed the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy as the regular-season points leader, in addition to the 2013 and 2015 Jennings Trophies as the team with the fewest goals allowed during the regular season.

Quenneville has posted a 781-451-77-110 record over parts of 19 years as a Head Coach in the NHL, including eight years with the St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) and three with the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08). His 781 wins lead active head coaches and rank third in NHL history, while his 1,419 games behind the bench also lead active head coaches and rank fourth all-time.

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