Chicago Blackhawks: Is Joel Quenneville “statue” worthy?
By Ryan Fedrau
After the former Chicago Blackhawks’ coach, Joel Quenneville left the team, fans have missed him. With Quenneville being a legend in Chicago, it begs the question of if Quenneville is worthy of a statue.
Joel Quenneville is currently the second-winningest coach in NHL history. He will be a Hall of Fame head coach the second he retires. Quenneville did something for the Chicago Blackhawks that might never be done again. He helped coach them to three Stanley Cup victories.
The 2010s Blackhawks could be the last dynasty in hockey. Nothing is guaranteed in sports, nothing. So, when teams can win, win then. Windows for winning in sports are very short. Quenneville kept the Blackhawks’ window open a little bit longer than it could have been.
So, I think Quenneville is worthy of his own statue in Chicago. They should just add his to where the other Blackhawks’ statues are. He is in the likes of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. He is worth that much to the history of the Blackhawks.
The question becomes when? Well, it would be weird to give Quenneville the statue while he is still coaching a different team. Just imagine having a Quenneville statue and playing against him in the Stanley Cup finals. That would be very weird.
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When he retires for good, that’s when to do it. Quenneville is in his early 60s, so he still will have a few years left. He has opened up a window for the Panthers right now, and the team is playing well. I don’t see him coaching for another team after his tenure with the Panthers.
For Quenneville to not get a statue would be a bad move by the Blackhawks. The second he is inducted to the Hall of Fame, they need to get right to work on that. I would even add his name to the rafters of the United Center.
On his banner, they could have his career wins, playoff wins, and three Stanley Cup logos. That would be a real class act by the Blackhawks. That is something that is very likely for the future.
So that begs the question, do you think Quenneville deserves a statue near the United Center?