Joel Quenneville

Joel Quenneville
Born (1958-09-15) September 15, 1958
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian / American
Occupation Ice hockey coach, player

Coaching career

Current position Head coach
Current general manager Stan Bowman
Current team Chicago Blackhawks
Previous team(s)
Stanley Cup wins 1996, 2010, 2013, 2015
Years as a coach 1996–present
Years as an NHL coach 1996–present
Years with current team 2008–present

Ice hockey career
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for AHL
New Brunswick Hawks
Baltimore Skipjacks
St. John's Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Rockies
New Jersey Devils
Hartford Whalers
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1978
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 19781991

Joel Norman Quenneville (born September 15, 1958 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey coach. He currently serves as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League, with whom he has won three Stanley Cup titles. He has also coached the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche, winning the cup with the latter in 1996. On January 14, 2016, he surpassed Al Arbour with his 783rd win as an NHL coach, making Quenneville second only to Scotty Bowman in total wins.

He is known affectionately by fans and players as "Coach Q" or simply as "Q."

Hockey career

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 of St. John's, head coach of the AHL Springfield Indians, and assistant coach of 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 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-ever Presidents' Trophy for the league's best regular season record. However, they took an unexpected pratfall 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. 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 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.

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 vs Columbus. 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. 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).[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 in 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.

Career statistics

Playing statistics

    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
1977–78 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 66 27 76 103 114
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
OHA totals 197 61 168 229 344

Coaching record

Quenneville with the Stanley Cup in 2015.
Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L T OTL Pts Finish W L Win % Result
STL1996–97 4018157(83)4th in Central24.333Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (DET)
STL1997–98 8245298983rd in Central64.600Lost in Conf. Semifinals (DET)
STL1998–99 82373213872nd in Central67.462Lost in Conf. Semifinals (DAL)
STL1999–2000 8251191111141st in Central34.429Lost in Conf. Quarterfinals (SJ)
STL2000–01 8243221251032nd in Central96.600Lost in Conf. Finals (COL)
STL2001–02 82432784982nd in Central55.500Lost in Conf. Semifinals (DET)
STL2002–03 824124116992nd in Central34.429Lost in Conf. Quarterfinals (VAN)
STL2003–04 61292372(91)(fired)
STL Total 5933071917718 3434.500 7 playoff appearances
COL2005–06 8243309952nd in Northwest45.444Lost in Conference Semifinals (ANA)
COL2006–07 8244317954th in NorthwestMissed Playoffs
COL2007–08 8244317952nd in Northwest46.400Lost in Conf. Semifinals (DET)
COL Total 2461319223 811.421 2 playoff appearances
CHI2008–09 78452211(104)2nd in Central98.529Lost in Conf. Finals (DET)
CHI2009–10 82522281121st in Central166.727 Won Stanley Cup (PHI)
CHI2010–11 8244299973rd in Central34.429Lost in Conf. Quarterfinals (VAN)
CHI2011–12 824526111014th in Central24.333Lost in Conf. Quarterfinals (PHX)
CHI2012–13 483675771st in Central167.696 Won Stanley Cup (BOS)
CHI2013–14 824621151073rd in Central118.579Lost in Conf. Finals (LA)
CHI2014–15 82482861023rd in Central167.696 Won Stanley Cup (TB)
CHI 2015–16 82472691033rd in Central34.429Lost in 1st Round (STL)
CHI Total 64237618977 7548.610 8 playoff appearances
3 Stanley Cup championships
Total 1,48180146477118.607 11793.557 17 playoff appearances
3 Stanley Cup championships

Personal life

Quenneville is of Franco-Ontarian French-Canadian heritage and is married to Elizabeth, a native of Connecticut whom he met during his stint with the Hartford Whalers. They reside in Hinsdale, Illinois 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] He finally returned to take the Hawks' practice on February 23, having been released from hospital on the 19th.

Quenneville is a second cousin of both Peter Quenneville, who was drafted 195th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and John Quenneville, who was drafted 30th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

See also


  1. Dunman, Joe (2007-10-27). "Game 10: Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)". SB Nation. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  2. "Blackhawks fire Savard after four games". October 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  3. "Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 4 years comes in a flash". Chicago Tribune. June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  4. Mark Lazerus (23 March 2015). "Sports Corey Crawford steals a victory for Blackhawks in Carolina". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. "Busy, rewarding offseason for Quenneville". Chicago Tribune. June 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  6. "Quenneville hospitalized Wednesday". Blackhawks website. February 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  7. "Report: Hawks' Quenneville had internal bleeding". Chicago Breaking Sports. February 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  8. "Blackhawks update on the condition of Head Coach Joel Quenneville". Blackhawks website. February 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-18.

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Preceded by
Denis Savard
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
Preceded by
Tony Granato
Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
Succeeded by
Tony Granato
Preceded by
Jim Roberts
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
Succeeded by
Mike Kitchen
Preceded by
Jacques Martin
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Bill Barber
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