September 15, 1958 |
Windsor, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New Brunswick Hawks
St. John's Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils
|NHL Draft||21st overall, 1978
Toronto Maple Leafs
Joel Norman Quenneville (born September 15, 1958 in Windsor, Ontario) is the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks professional ice hockey team. He is a former ice hockey defenseman and former head coach of the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. He is known affectionately by fans and players as "Coach Q."
As a player, Quenneville was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for the OHA Windsor Spitfires, AHL New Brunswick Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, AHL Baltimore Skipjacks, Washington Capitals and AHL St. John's Maple Leafs. He has also been a player/assistant coach for St. John's, head coach for the AHL Springfield Indians, and assistant coach for the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche. He won the Jack Adams Award with the Blues in the 1999–2000 NHL season.
Quenneville won the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Avalanche in 1996. He then moved to the Blues franchise, becoming head coach midway through the next season after Mike Keenan was fired. He led St. Louis to 7 straight playoff berths. In Quenneville's 8th season with the Blues, the team started poorly. Late in the year, St. Louis was in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century. As a result, Quenneville was fired.
Quenneville was hired to coach the Avalanche in June 2004, before the 2004–05 NHL lockout resulted in the season's cancellation. In his first year with the Avalanche, he led the team to the playoffs and a first round upset of the Dallas Stars. On March 25, 2007, Quenneville coached his 750th career game. He became one of only seven currently active coaches to reach 750 games as of the 2006–07 season. Quenneville reached his 400th coach win on October 26, 2007, in a 3–2 OT win in Calgary against the Flames. On May 9, 2008, the Avalanche announced that Quenneville was leaving the organization. Quenneville was hired as a pro scout by the Chicago Blackhawks in September 2008.
On October 16, 2008, Quenneville was promoted to head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, replacing former Blackhawk Denis Savard. On December 1, 2009, he received his 500th win as a coach in an 11 round shootout battle vs Columbus. In his first two seasons with Chicago, he led the Hawks to the 2009 Western Conference Final and the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. With the Blackhawks' victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the latter, Quenneville earned his first Stanley Cup as a head coach. On December 18, 2011, he earned his 600th career coaching win, winning 4-2 against the Calgary Flames. Joel earned his second championship as a head coach against the Boston Bruins during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, cementing his status as one of a handful of Chicago head coaches with multiple championships (the others are George Halas of the Chicago Bears, Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls, and Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs). 
|1978–79||New Brunswick Hawks||AHL||16||1||10||11||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||2||9||11||60||6||0||1||1||4|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||32||1||4||5||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||5||12||17||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||73||7||23||30||58||16||0||1||1||10|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|STL||1996–97||40||18||15||7||–||(83)||4th in Central||2||4||.333||Lost in 1st Round (DET)|
|STL||1997–98||82||45||29||8||–||98||3rd in Central||6||4||.600||Lost in 2nd Round (DET)|
|STL||1998–99||82||37||32||13||—||87||2nd in Central||6||7||.461||Lost in 2nd Round (DAL)|
|STL||1999–2000||82||51||19||11||1||114||1st in Central||3||4||.428||Lost in 1st Round (SJ)|
|STL||2000–01||82||43||22||12||5||103||2nd in Central||9||6||.600||Lost in Conf. Finals (COL)|
|STL||2001–02||82||43||27||8||4||98||2nd in Central||5||5||.500||Lost in 2nd Round (DET)|
|STL||2002–03||82||41||24||11||6||99||2nd in Central||3||4||.428||Lost in 1st Round (VAN)|
|STL||2003–04||61||29||23||7||2||(91)||2nd in Central||–||–||–||(Fired)|
|STL Total||593||307||191||77||18||34||34||.500||7 playoff appearances|
|COL||2005–06||82||43||30||–||9||95||2nd in Northwest||4||5||.444||Lost in 2nd Round (ANA)|
|COL||2006–07||82||44||31||–||7||95||4th in Northwest||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|COL||2007–08||82||44||31||—||7||95||2nd in Northwest||4||6||.400||Lost in 2nd Round (DET)|
|COL Total||246||131||92||—||23||8||11||.421||2 playoff appearances|
|CHI||2008–09||78||45||22||—||11||(104)||2nd in Central||9||8||.529||Lost in Conf. Finals (DET)|
|CHI||2009–10||82||52||22||—||8||112||1st in Central||16||6||.727||Won Stanley Cup (PHI)|
|CHI||2010–11||82||44||29||—||9||97||3rd in Central||3||4||.428||Lost in 1st Round (VAN)|
|CHI||2011–12||82||45||26||—||11||101||4th in Central||2||4||.333||Lost in 1st Round (PHX)|
|CHI||2012–13||48||36||7||—||5||77||1st in Central||16||7||.696||Won Stanley Cup (BOS)|
|CHI Total||436||259||119||—||58||46||29||.613||5 playoff appearances
2 Stanley Cup championships
|Total||1,275||697||402||77||99||88||74||.543||14 playoff appearances
2 Stanley Cup championships
Quenneville is of French-Canadian ancestry and is married to Elizabeth, a native of Connecticut whom he met during his stint with the Hartford Whalers. They reside in Hinsdale, IL with their three children: a son, Dylan, and two daughters, Lily and Anna. After working in the U.S. for over 30 years Quenneville passed the USCIS naturalization test required to become a US citizen on May 24, 2011. He now holds citizenship in both the USA and Canada.
Quenneville was hospitalized and reported as being "in stable condition after “severe discomfort” of a non-cardiac nature" on February 16, 2011, resulting in him missing a home game versus the Minnesota Wild that night. After a conversation with the coach, Kelly Chase reported that Quenneville had suffered from internal bleeding, the cause of which was yet to be discovered, but that he was in high spirits and intended to be behind the bench for the Blackhawks next game on February 18. It was announced on Friday February 18 that the problem had been a small ulcer caused by aspirin, a drug known to have the potential for gastrointestinal side effects. He finally returned to take the Hawks' practice on February 23, having been released from hospital on the 19th.
Notes and references
- Associated Press (2007-10-26). "Game Recap – Avalanche 3, Flames 2, OT". NHL. Retrieved 2007-10-27.[dead link]
- "Blackhawks fire Savard after four games". TSN.ca. October 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- "Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 4 years comes in a flash". Chicago Tribune. June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- "Busy, rewarding offseason for Quenneville". Chicago Tribune. June 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
- "Quenneville hospitalized Wednesday". Blackhawks website. February 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- "Report: Hawks' Quenneville had internal bleeding". Chicago Breaking Sports. February 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- "Blackhawks update on the condition of Head Coach Joel Quenneville". Blackhawks website. February 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Joel Quenneville's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- @CoachQsMustache Twitter page