Joel Quenneville is in his fifth 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 Stanley Cup championship, Chicago’s first in 49 years.
In Quenneville’s 324 regular-season games behind the Blackhawks bench, the team has compiled a record of 186-99-39. His regular-season points percentage of .634 is the best in Chicago franchise history, while his .577 postseason winning percentage (30-22) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940.
Quenneville has been a proven winner throughout his coaching career, posting a 624-382-157 record over parts of 16 years as a Head Coach in the NHL, including seven full seasons with the St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) and three with the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08). His 624 wins lead active head coaches and rank seventh in NHL history, while his 1,163 games behind the bench also lead active head coaches and rank 10th all-time. Quenneville became the 10th head coach in NHL history to reach the 600-win plateau when he guided Chicago to a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Dec. 18, 2011, at the United Center, reaching the milestone in the second-fewest number of games (S. Bowman). The Windsor, Ontario, native has guided 13 of his 15 teams to the postseason, reaching at least the second round on eight occasions.
One of only two men in the history of the NHL to have played in 800 or more games and coached 1000 or more games (J. Lemaire), Quenneville has notched at least 40 wins in nine of his 10 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 114 points, as the team captured the Presidents’ Trophy for 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 Head Coach of Team Staal at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and of the North American All-Stars at the 2001 NHL All-Star Game.
Quenneville was drafted 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, 190 points 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|