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Joel Quenneville Signs A 3 Year Extension

By Keith Schultz
Dec 19, 2015; Buffalo, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2015; Buffalo, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Joel Quenneville to a 3 year extension that will keep the future Hall of Fame coach behind the Blackhawks bench through the spring of 2020.

Joel Quenneville got the keys to the car of the Chicago Blackhawks at just the right time with the rise of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the rest of the young core of the Chicago Blackhawks.   Denis Savard was the coach for the Blackhawks at the beginning of 2008-2009 season, and Savard really had mentored all the young stars including Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, but the Hawks were missing something and then Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon who had hire Q as a special scout made the move at the beginning of the season and the rest as they say is history.

That one thing that was missing was a defensive structure to go along with these offensive studs.  He instilled a defensive game that the players didn’t all have in them before Quenneville arrived.

Joel Quenneville guided his first team to the 2009 Western Conference Finals before falling to the Detroit Red Wings, but after signing Marian Hossa that following offseason, Coach Q had the model of a player everyone could look at for a 200 foot game.  If there ever was a player that played the 200 foot game that Quenneville loves it was Hossa, and with Jonathan Toews defensive game Quenneville had two of the best defensive forwards in the NHL.

Quenneville had many good teams in St. Louis, and Colorado, but it was in 2010 that he finally was able to hoist his first Stanley Cup when Patrick Kane worked his magic in Philly.

The one thing you can never question about the Joel Quenneville teams is their heart and the fact they will never give up. In 2011 they came back from a 3-0 hole to force overtime on the road in Game #7.  In 2013 the Hawks were down 3-1 to the Red Wings had a game winning goal waved off in the 3rd period and still won the game in overtime, and in 2014 they almost duplicated the feat trailing 3-1 to the Kings before losing in overtime of Game #7.

Quenneville of course has won the Cup in 2013 and 2015 and in the salary cap era has had to rebuild his lineup and trusts in players seemingly every year, but like Phil Jackson with the Bulls and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pipppen, Q has always had Toews and Kane to lead the charge.

If you are a critic of Q it’s because of his constant line blender and lack of trust in young players, but in the end his madness usually comes up with the combinations that finally work in the end.

So in the end we get Coach Q behind the bench through the end of the decade! What’s your thoughts on the extension?

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