It seemed only fitting that Joel Quenneville would hit a career milestone against his former team the St. Louis Blues. Quenneville became only the 3rd NHL coach to ever reach 700 career wins after the Blackhawks win tonight against St. Louis.
Joel Quenneville record behind the bench includes 307 wins during his first coaching stint with the St. Louis Blues which included the Blues winning a President’s trophy and Quenneville winning the Jack Adams award after the 2000 season.
Quenneville coached the Colorado Avalanche for three seasons never winning less than 43 games, but his tenure with the AVs was short-lived and it worked out well for the Blackhawks.
After getting let go by the Av’s, Quenneville was hired as a special assistant for the Blackhawks and after only four games into the 2008-2009 season Dale Tallon replaced Denis Savard with Quenneville and the rest is history. Quenneville coached the Hawks to the Conference Championship but falling to the Detroit Red Wings, but the following season the Blackhawks won their first Cup since 1961.
Quenneville has won a President’s Trophy, 2 Division Championships but most importantly he’s the only coach in Chicago Blackhawks history to win 2 Stanley Cups!
Now Joel joins an exclusive club with only Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour with 700 or more wins.
Congrats to Coach Q and hopefully we will see many more wins in the future including this season’s playoffs!
A Big Night of Milestones tonight at the United Center with Handzus playing in his 1,000 game and Quenneville winning his 700th!
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