Chicago Blackhawks: 60 Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz

We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again.  In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers

Our countdown to opening night and the 6th Stanley Cup banner getting raised to the United Center rafters hits a milestone today when we reach the 60 milestone we are on our last day without a jersey number having ever been worn in Chicago Blackhawks history.

The 60’s have been a pretty wasteland of numbers with only Andrew Shaw having played any significant time with the Blackhawks so putting the 60’s behind us is great plus it means we are less than 2 months away from opening night.

Today we will look at Chicago Blackhawks coaching victories during the regular season and postseason and how Joel Quenneville is climbing the record books even though coach Q has only been on the job for 7 seasons.

Chicago Blackhawks Regular Season Coaching Wins

  1. Billy Reay– 516
  2. Joel Quenneville-315
  3. Bob Pulford-182
  4. Randy Pilous-162
  5. Mike Keenan-153
  6. Darryl Sutter-110
  7. Craig Hartsburg-104
  8. Paul Thompson-104
  9. Orval Tessier-99
  10. Brian Sutter-91
  11. Denis Savard-65
  12. Johnny Gottselig-62
  13. Clem Loughlin-61

Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Coaching Wins

  1. Joel Quenneville-72
  2. Billy Reay-57
  3. Mike Keenan-33
  4. Randy Pilous-18
  5. Bob Pulford-17
  6. Darryl Sutter-11
  7. Orval Tessier-9
  8. Craig Hartsburg-8
  9. Paul Thompson-7
  10. Bill Stewart-7

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Ironically, in our countdown last season we had Bob Pulford as the 60th greatest Chicago Blackhawk so here is what we had to say about the former GM and coach last summer.

"Bob Pulford (1977-1985 coaching) (GM 77-90, 93-99, 03-05)Blackhawks Coaching RecordGames-426Wins-182Losses-176Ties-68PlayoffsGames-45Wins-17Losses-28Bob Pulford had a Hall of Fame career as a player winning the Stanley Cup four times with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He arrived in Chicago as the Blackhawks General Manager in 1977 and he had a long distinguished and frustrating NHL stay with the Blackhawks for the next 30 years.Pulford was the master of putting himself on the bench when things were not going the way he wanted it to go for Chicago which explains his nearly 7 seasons as a coach while wearing the GM hat. He drafted and put together some great talent in Chicago with some of the most exciting Blackhawks teams offensively ever skating around the Chicago Stadium in the 80’s with Denis Savard and Steve Larmer lighting the lamp time after time.Pulford of course couldn’t lead the Hawks as a coach where he ended up as a player as a Stanley Cup champion, and at the tail end of his career led them from a successful team with 28 straight seasons in making the playoffs to one of the worst era’s in Blackhawks history especially from 2002-2005.  In 2005 Pulford finally stepped down for the last time as a Blackhawks GM and turned the reigns over to Dale Tallon who was able in 4 short years able to turn the franchise from worst to the Conference Finals in 2009.Pulford was a winner from his playing days to coaching days to GM, but most Blackhawks fans will always associate Pulford with Bill Wirtz and when his name is brought up it will always leave a bad taste in their mouths.  Pulford is 3rd all-time in Blackhawks wins as a coach and had a very successful run as a GM until his last stint which lands him #60 in our countdown."

There you have only 60 short days until opening night!

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