Joel Quenneville is in his seventh season with the Blackhawks after being named the 37th Head Coach in franchise history on Oct. 16, 2008. He coached the team to the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup championships.
In Quenneville’s 454 regular-season games behind the Blackhawks bench, the team has compiled a record of 268-127-59. His regular-season points percentage of .655 is the best in Chicago franchise history, while his .606 postseason winning percentage (57-37) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940.
Quenneville has been a proven winner throughout his coaching career, posting a 706-410-177 record over parts of 17 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 706 wins lead active head coaches and rank third in NHL history, while his 1,293 games behind the bench also lead active head coaches and rank eighth all-time. Quenneville became the third head coach in NHL history to reach the 700-win plateau when he guided Chicago to a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on March 19, 2014, at the United Center, reaching the milestone in the second-fewest number of games (S. Bowman). The Windsor, Ontario, native has guided 14 of his 16 teams to the postseason, which includes reaching at least the second round on 11 occasions.
One of only two men in the history of the NHL to have played in 800 or more games and coached 1,000 or more games (J. Lemaire), Quenneville has notched at least 40 wins in 10 of his 11 full seasons as a Head Coach, which includes a career-best 52 victories with Chicago in 2009-10. During the 1999-2000 season he guided St. Louis to a career-best and franchise-record 113 points, as the team captured the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record. He is the winningest coach in Blues history, having compiled a 307-191-95 record at that post. Quenneville was awarded the 2000 Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach and also served as the Head Coach of Team Staal at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and the North American All-Stars at the 2001 NHL All-Star Game.
Quenneville was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (21st overall) of the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He spent 13 seasons as an NHL defenseman, netting 54 goals, 136 assists and 705 penalty minutes in 803 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1979-80), Colorado Rockies (1980-82), New Jersey Devils (1982-83), Hartford Whalers (1983-90) and Washington Capitals (1990-91).
He retired as an active player after the 1991-92 season, when he served as a player-coach for the American Hockey League’s St. John’s Maple Leafs. Quenneville broke into coaching with the AHL’s Springfield Indians before serving as an Assistant Coach for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche organization for two and a half seasons. He helped Colorado capture the 1996 Stanley Cup in that position before accepting his first NHL head coaching job with St. Louis for the 1996-97 campaign.
Quenneville and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children: Dylan, Lily and Anna.
|1996-97||St. Louis Blues||18-15-7||.538||Lost in first round|
|1997-98||St. Louis Blues||45-29-8||.598||Lost in second round|
|1998-99||St. Louis Blues||37-32-13||.530||Lost in second round|
|1999-2000||St. Louis Blues||51-19-12||.695||Lost in first round|
|2000-01||St. Louis Blues||43-22-17||.628||Lost in conference finals|
|2001-02||St. Louis Blues||43-27-12||.598||Lost in second round|
|2002-03||St. Louis Blues||41-24-17||.604||Lost in first round|
|2003-04||St. Louis Blues||29-23-9||.549||(Replaced midseason)|
|2005-06||Colorado Avalanche||43-30-9||.579||Lost in second round|
|2006-07||Colorado Avalanche||44-31-7||.579||Did not qualify|
|2007-08||Colorado Avalanche||44-31-7||.579||Lost in second round|
|2008-09||Chicago Blackhawks||45-22-11||.647||Lost in conference finals|
|2009-10||Chicago Blackhawks||52-22-8||.683||Won Stanley Cup|
|2010-11||Chicago Blackhawks||44-29-9||.591||Lost in first round|
|2011-12||Chicago Blackhawks||45-26-11||.616||Lost in first round|
|2012-13||Chicago Blackhawks||36-7-5||.802||Won Stanley Cup|
|2013-14||Chicago Blackhawks||46-21-15||.652||Lost in conference finals|