Forgot about being the best Blackhawks head coach of all time. That is a given. The case could be made that Joel Quenneville is one of the best coaches in NHL history.
Coach Q took a team that had been wallowing in the basement for years, and brought them to the top of the mountain within a year, winning the team’s first Stanley Cup in 49 years in 2010.
Quenneville would go on and lead the Blackhawks to become a modern-day hockey dynasty that sent a shockwave through the National Hockey League. Perhaps Q’s most impressive outing was the 2013 season, a shortened 48 game season in which the Hawks won 36 games and embarked on a 21-0-3 winning streak en-route to the Stanley Cup.
Under Coach Q, the Blackhawks would win their third Cup in 6 seasons in 2015, a feat that would cement Quenneville as one of the best coaches in the history of the game. While the Blackhawks struggled during the last two years of his tenure, there is no doubt that Coach Q was a very large reason for the team’s success during the 2010s.
He was loved by the players and the fans, and firing him in 2018 was a move that I (and many others) still wish had never happened. While the team had their issues under Q, as all teams do, there is no doubt that Joel Quenneville remains the greatest coach in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks.