It’s birthday weekend for Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville, as he celebrates his special day on Saturday, Sept. 13. To salute the Blackhawks’ 37th Head Coach in franchise history (and his famous ‘stache), we celebrate the coach’s most notable achievements in The Friday Five: Happy Birthday to Q!
1. Leads all active NHL coaches with 624 regular-season career wins and 72 playoff wins.
His 624 regular-season wins are good enough for seventh in NHL history and 72 playoff wins ranks ninth in NHL history. While serving as head coach for an entire 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.
Retired after the 1991-92 season after 13 seasons as an NHL defenseman (54G, 136A) before transitioning behind the bench.
3. Leads all active NHL coaches with 1,163 regular season games coached.
Over parts of his 15 years as an NHL Head Coach, Coach Q has compiled a 642-382-157 record. This includes a seven years in St. Louis, a three-year stint with the Colorado Avalanche, and five years with the Chicago Blackhawks.
4. Received the 2000 Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach following a franchise record-setting 113 point season with St. Louis.
Quenneville remains the winningest coach in Blues history, having compiled a 307-191-95 record during his seven-year tenure there.
5. Became the tenth coach in NHL history to reach the 600-win plateau, 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, now the Blackhawks’ Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations, compiled 600 wins in 1,002 games.
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