Oct 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coachJoel Quenneville
looks on from behind th ebench against the Washington Capitals in the first period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Joel Quenneville Becoming the Head Coach
Hey, I’m the first and not the only person that complains about Joel Quenneville‘s coaching tactics, from his line blender to the way he uses young players or abuses them. One thing that is certain is that Coach Q likes to win.
Quenneville took over for Denis Savard in 2008 pretty unexpectedly and very early in the season. Savard had been behind the bench for the beginning of some of the best young talent to ever arrive in Chicago and play for the Chicago Blackhawks, but they lacked a few things, and Dale Tallon quickly made the move to Coach Q. The wins have just kept on rolling in for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Coach Q preaches a 200-foot game which can get you playing in Chicago for a long time or get you banished to Rockford and get traded very quickly (Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin). Quenneville loves having veterans to lean on, especially when the playoffs get going.
The thing you have to respect the most about Quenneville though is that no matter the circumstance you never see his teams quit. The ’Hawks have come back from down three games to zero or 3-1 three times to tie playoff series, even though they couldn’t finish the deal in two out of those three. His intense will to win has always carried over to the team, and in the end, that will to win has created three Stanley Cup Championships since he took over in 2008.
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