Joel Quenneville is one of the best coaches in NHL history. Quenneville is second in wins all-time in league history, with more than half of the wins coming during his 11 seasons in Chicago.
From 2009 to 2019, Quenneville went 452-249-96 during the regular season. In the playoffs, Quenneville went 76-52, never losing in the second round, and winning three Stanley Cups.
Still, to this day, the team firing Quenneville after one bad season was a mistake. If any coach could get these players out of a slump, it’s Joel. He’s doing that with the Panthers as we speak.
Within the next few seasons, the Panthers will be a very successful hockey team, with Quenneville leading them to many successful seasons. They’re on the rise while the Blackhawks have been on the decline. Still, staying positive, having Coach Q from 2008-09- “early” 2018-19 was a gift.
Firing him in early November of 2018 was a dirty move by Stan Bowman. They should have given Quenneville until the end of the season to straighten things out. People forget the 2017-18 Blackhawks were full of injuries. They also were bleeding on offense after trading Artemi Panarin.
Even though the ending sucked, we’re lucky to have lived in the ‘Joel Quenneville era.’ Every night was something different with Quenneville behind the bench. Between his outbursts to winning Stanley Cups, there’s no question that Joel Quenneville is the best coach in Blackhawks’ history.