We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane.
Joel Quenneville 2008-Present
Winning percentage: .655
Winning Percentage .606
Stanley Cups: 2
Coach Joel Quenneville has been anything short of spectacular with the Blackhawks. Since taking over for Dennis Savard in 2008-09, He has two Stanley Cup Championships wins (2009-10, 12-13). The Blackhawks also have made the Western Conference finals four out of the last six years.
Quenneville has surged his way up to third on the all time NHL wins list behind Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour. In the line of Blackhawks coaches, Quenneville ranks second all time behind Billy Reay. Quenneville has pushed the right buttons with the Blackhawks over the last five years. He handling of superstar players such Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews has been magnificent. Quenneville splits the dynamitic duo to start the year and then reunites them when the Blackhawks are at their lowest.
The Blackhawks recent success is tied to the emergence of Kane & Toews and the arrival of Joel Quenneville. Quenneville’s line blender can be very frustrating to watch and his necessity of having an enforcer is extremely old school, but you can never ever question the toughness and desire he puts in his team to never give up which is evident on how the Blackhawks have forced Game #7’s being down 3-0 to the Vancouver Canucks and 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings and LA Kings. He’s a defensive coach that preaches 200 feet and high paced action and it blends perfectly with the Hawks of today.
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