Joel Quenneville

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Joel Quenneville
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Quenneville with the Blackhawks in 2011
Born (1958-09-15) September 15, 1958 (age 63)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Rockies
New Jersey Devils
Hartford Whalers
Washington Capitals
Coached for St. Louis Blues
Colorado Avalanche
Chicago Blackhawks
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1978
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1978–1992
Coaching career 1996–2021

Joel Norman Quenneville (born September 15, 1958) is a CanadianAmerican ice hockey coach and former player in the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Coach Q", he is second in NHL coaching wins at 1,090. Quenneville achieved his greatest success as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, whom he led to three Stanley Cup titles between 2008 and 2018. His championship victory in 2010 was the Blackhawks' first since 1961, ending the then-longest Stanley Cup drought. He also served as the head coach of the St. Louis Blues from 1996 to 2004, the Colorado Avalanche from 2005 to 2008, and the Florida Panthers from 2019 to 2021.

Playing career[edit]

As a player, Quenneville was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. A defenceman, he played for the OHA's Windsor Spitfires, the New Brunswick Hawks, Baltimore Skipjacks and St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals of the NHL. He has also been a player/assistant coach of St. John's, head coach of the AHL's Springfield Indians, and assistant coach of the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche.

Coaching career[edit]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Quenneville won the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Avalanche in 1996. He then moved to the St. Louis Blues franchise, becoming head coach midway through the next season after Mike Keenan was fired. He led St. Louis to seven straight playoff berths. His best season was in 1999–2000, when he led the Blues to a franchise-record 51 wins and their first Presidents' Trophy for the league's best regular season record. However, they were upset in the playoffs, losing to the San Jose Sharks in the first round. In Quenneville's eighth season with the Blues, the team started poorly and late in the year was in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century. As a result, Quenneville was fired.

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

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 coached his 400th win on October 26, 2007, a 3–2 overtime game against the Calgary Flames.[1] 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.

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

On October 16, 2008, Quenneville was promoted to head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, replacing former Blackhawk Denis Savard.[2] On December 1, 2009, he received his 500th win as a coach in an 11-round shootout battle against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his first two seasons with Chicago, he led the team 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. Quenneville 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).[3] On March 19, 2014, Quenneville became just the third head coach in NHL history to record 700 wins. On March 23, 2015 Quenneville reached 750 wins as a coach.[4]

His team won the Stanley Cup for the third time on June 15, 2015 with a 2–0 shutout over the Tampa Bay Lightning. This was the first Blackhawks' championship win on home ice since 1938. With his third win, Quenneville became the third coach in Chicago sports history to win three championships, after Halas and Jackson. On January 14, 2016, Quenneville earned his 783rd win, passing Al Arbour for second all-time among NHL coaches. On April 3, 2016, Quenneville earned his 800th win, in a 6–4 victory over the Boston Bruins, and joined Scotty Bowman as the only two coaches with at least 800 wins.[5]

On February 21, 2017, the Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 5–3, helping Quenneville become the second coach in Blackhawks history to win 400 games.[6] On February 21, 2018, Quenneville became the third coach in NHL history to coach 1,600 games as the Blackhawks won 3–2 over the Ottawa Senators.[7] On March 10, Quenneville coached in his 1,608th regular season game and passed Arbour for second most on NHL all-time games coached list.[8] On November 6, 2018, the Blackhawks fired Quenneville after a 6–6–3 start in the 2018–19 season.[9] He concluded his tenure in Chicago with a 452–249–96 regular season record, a 76–52 record in the postseason, and as the second winningest coach in NHL history with 890 wins.[10] His 452 wins are second in Blackhawks history behind only Billy Reay, and only Reay had a longer unbroken tenure with the team.

Florida Panthers[edit]

On April 8, 2019, the Florida Panthers hired Quenneville as head coach.[11] In his first season with the Panthers, Quenneville led the Panthers to a 35–26–8 record in the pandemic-shortened 2019–20 season and the Panthers' first playoff appearance in four seasons, losing to the New York Islanders in four games in the qualifying round. In the 2021–22 season, Quenneville led the Panthers to a 7–0–0 record through the team's first seven games.

However, on October 26, 2021; an independent investigation into how the Blackhawks responded to claims that former video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted prospect Kyle Beach during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs revealed that Quenneville and the rest of the Blackhawks' senior leadership team opted to defer any action on Aldrich until after the Stanley Cup Finals. According to the report, Quenneville was particularly concerned about causing a distraction before the Finals. Aldrich was allowed to quietly resign after the Finals, and subsequently pleaded guilty to assaulting a player at a Michigan high school where he was a volunteer coach.[12] Quenneville had previously claimed he had no knowledge of Aldrich's misdeeds before Beach and the high school player sued the Blackhawks,[13] but multiple witnesses stated that he was called into a meeting to discuss the Aldrich matter shortly after the Blackhawks defeated the Sharks to advance to the 2010 Finals.[14]

On October 27, 2021, Quenneville was summoned to a meeting the following day with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss his role in the incident.[15] Within hours of that meeting, Quenneville announced his immediate resignation as Panthers coach.[16] According to a formal NHL statement, Bettman, the Panthers, and Quenneville mutually agreed that "it was no longer appropriate" for Quenneville to stay on. Bettman also announced that Quenneville will have to meet with him before he is allowed to work in the NHL again.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 66 15 33 48 61
1976–77 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 65 19 59 78 169 9 6 5 11 112
1977–78 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 66 27 76 103 114 6 2 3 5 17
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
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 35 5 7 12 26
1980–81 Colorado Rockies NHL 71 10 24 34 86
1981–82 Colorado Rockies NHL 64 5 10 15 55
1982–83 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 5 12 17 46
1983–84 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 5 8 13 95
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 6 16 22 96
1985–86 Hartford Whalers NHL 71 5 20 25 83 10 0 2 2 12
1986–87 Hartford Whalers NHL 37 3 7 10 24 6 0 0 0 0
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 77 1 8 9 44 6 0 2 2 2
1988–89 Hartford Whalers NHL 69 4 7 11 32 4 0 3 3 4
1989–90 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 1 4 5 34
1990–91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 59 6 13 19 58 6 1 1 2 6
1990–91 Washington Capitals NHL 9 1 0 1 0
1991–92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 73 7 23 30 58 16 0 1 1 10
NHL totals 803 54 136 190 705 32 0 8 8 22
AHL totals 148 14 46 60 126 22 1 2 3 16

Coaching record[edit]

Quenneville with the Stanley Cup in 2015.
Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L T OTL Pts Finish W L Win % Result
STL 1996–97 40 18 15 7 (83) 4th in Central 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (DET)
STL 1997–98 82 45 29 8 98 3rd in Central 6 4 .600 Lost in Conference Semifinals (DET)
STL 1998–99 82 37 32 13 87 2nd in Central 6 7 .462 Lost in Conference Semifinals (DAL)
STL 1999–2000 82 51 19 11 1 114 1st in Central 3 4 .429 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (SJS)
STL 2000–01 82 43 22 12 5 103 2nd in Central 9 6 .600 Lost in Conference Finals (COL)
STL 2001–02 82 43 27 8 4 98 2nd in Central 5 5 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals (DET)
STL 2002–03 82 41 24 11 6 99 2nd in Central 3 4 .429 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (VAN)
STL 2003–04 61 29 23 7 2 (91) (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 Conference Semifinals (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 Conference Semifinals (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 Conference 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 .429 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (VAN)
CHI 2011–12 82 45 26 11 101 4th in Central 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (PHX)
CHI 2012–13 48 36 7 5 77 1st in Central 16 7 .696 Won Stanley Cup (BOS)
CHI 2013–14 82 46 21 15 107 3rd in Central 11 8 .579 Lost in Conference Finals (LAK)
CHI 2014–15 82 48 28 6 102 3rd in Central 16 7 .696 Won Stanley Cup (TBL)
CHI 2015–16 82 47 26 9 103 3rd in Central 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round (STL)
CHI 2016–17 82 50 23 9 109 1st in Central 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round (NSH)
CHI 2017–18 82 33 39 10 76 7th in Central Missed playoffs
CHI 2018–19 15 6 6 3 (15) (fired)
CHI total 797 452 249 96     76 52 .594 9 playoff appearances
3 Stanley Cup titles
FLA 2019–20 69* 35 26 8 78 4th in Atlantic 1 3 .250 Lost in Qualifying Round (NYI)
FLA 2020–21 56 37 14 5 79 2nd in Central 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round (TBL)
FLA 2021–22 7 7 0 0 (14) (resigned)
FLA total 132 79 40 13     3 7 .300 2 playoff appearances
Total 1,768 969 572 77 150     121 104 .538 20 playoff appearances
3 Stanley Cup titles
  • Season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2019–20 season. Playoffs were played in August 2020 with a different format.

Personal life[edit]

Quenneville is of Franco-Ontarian heritage and is married to Elizabeth, a native of Connecticut whom he met during his stint with the Hartford Whalers. They reside in Coral Springs, Florida 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 United States citizen on May 24, 2011, and now has dual citizenship.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] It was announced on February 18, that the problem had been a small ulcer caused by aspirin, a drug known to have the potential for gastrointestinal side effects.[21] He finally returned to take the Blackhawks practice on February 23, having been released from the hospital on February 19.

Quenneville is a first cousin, once-removed, of Peter Quenneville, who was drafted 195th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, John Quenneville, who was drafted 30th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and David, who was drafted 200th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[22][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Dunman (October 27, 2007). "Game 10: Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)". SB Nation. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Blackhawks fire Savard after four games". The Sports Network. October 16, 2008. Archived from the original on October 19, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
  3. ^ "Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 4 years comes in a flash". Chicago Tribune. June 24, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Mark Lazerus (March 23, 2015). "Sports Corey Crawford steals a victory for Blackhawks in Carolina". Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Dan Graf (April 3, 2016). "Joel Quenneville becomes second NHL coach to 800 wins | Fox Sports". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  6. ^ James O'Brien (February 21, 2017). "Serious performance: Blackhawks gain on Wild thanks to Toews' five points". ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Quenneville coaches 1,600th NHL game". National Hockey League. February 21, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bruins Beat Blackhawks 7–4". CBS Chicago. March 10, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "RELEASE: Blackhawks make coaching change". National Hockey League. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Roumeliotis, Charlie (November 6, 2018). "BREAKING: Blackhawks fire Joel Quenneville; name Jeremy Colliton head coach". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "Florida Panthers Name Joel Quenneville Head Coach". National Hockey League. April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Pope, Ben (October 26, 2021). "Blackhawks' Stan Bowman resigns in overhaul over sexual assault cover-up". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Jay Cohen (July 26, 2021). "Quenneville offers to participate in Blackhawks review". The Associated Press.
  14. ^ [https://jenner.com/system/assets/assets/11549/original/Report%20to%20the%20Chicago%20Blackhawks%20Hockey%20Team%20-%20October%202021.pdf 2021 sexual assault report
  15. ^ "Quenneville to meet with Bettman about Blackhawks scandal". NBC Sports Chicago. October 27, 2021.
  16. ^ "Florida Panthers Announce Resignation of Joel Quenneville". National Hockey League. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  17. ^ Wajh AlBaroudi (October 28, 2021). "Panthers' Joel Quenneville resigns amid Blackhawks sexual assault scandal after meeting with Gary Bettman". CBS Sports.
  18. ^ David Haugh (June 27, 2011). "Busy, rewarding offseason for Quenneville". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Brian Hedger (February 16, 2011). "Quenneville hospitalized Wednesday". Blackhawks website. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  20. ^ Tracey Myers (February 17, 2011). "Report: Quenneville had internal bleeding". Chicago Breaking Sports. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  21. ^ "Blackhawks update on the condition of Head Coach Joel Quenneville". Blackhawks website. February 17, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  22. ^ "Blackhawks vs. Devils is also Quenneville vs. Quenneville". Chicago Tribune. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  23. ^ Cyrgalis, Brett (June 25, 2016). "What Islanders must do next after curious NHL draft". New York Post. Retrieved June 16, 2018. David Quenneville (200th overall), brother of two recent NHL draft picks and cousin to Islanders’ veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk, as well as cousin to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
1996–2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
2004–2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
2008–2018
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Florida Panthers
2019–2021
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Winner of the Jack Adams Award
2000
Succeeded by