Throughout the 93 year history of the Chicago Blackhawks, the team has had 38 different coaches. Which ones were the best?
It’s been a rough ride of plenty of Chicago Blackhawks coaches during the previous 22 years. If you get rid of Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks made the playoffs once since 1997-98. Those numbers don’t sound successful.
Throughout that time, the Blackhawks made the playoffs 10 times in 22 years. If you were told that, you wouldn’t believe that a team missing the playoffs 12 times in 22 years won three Stanley Cups from 2010-2015.
As of right now, their glory days are behind them, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had some great coaches. From 1969-70 to 1996-97, the Blackhawks made the playoffs each season. During those 28 consecutive seasons making the playoffs, zero Stanley Cups came from it.
So get this, 28 seasons in a row, the team made the playoffs, winning zero Stanley Cups, after that, the next 22 seasons, they’d make the playoffs just 10 times, winning three Stanley Cups in the process.
They’ve shuffled from coaches, with the average lifespan of a Blackhawks coach being 2.5 seasons.
The question becomes, who are the three greatest coaches in Blackhawks’ history?