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Blackhawks: Ten most successful coaches in franchise history

By Jimmy Lynch
Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Darryl Sutter #27
Chicago Blackhawks, Darryl Sutter #27 (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

7. Craig Hartsburg

Blackhawks coach from 1996 – 1998 

Craig Hartsburg coached the Blackhawks for just three seasons. During that time, the furthest the team made it was the second round of the playoffs. Hartsburg’s first NHL job was with the Blackhawks, and while his teams did not win any championships, he did get to coach legends like Chris Chelios and Tony Amonte.

Hartsburg would go on to coach Anaheim and Ottawa after leaving the team after three seasons. It is amazing to think that after Hartsburg the next coach of the team to have a winning record by the time their stint with the team would be over is Joel Quenneville – not counting Bob Pulford, who would coach one additional season in 1999.

6. Darryl Sutter

Blackhawks coach from 1993 – 1995 

Darryl Sutter is not the only coach on this list that ended up also playing for the team during his NHL career. Sutter never missed the playoffs while coaching the Blackhawks, and his teams always had a winning record.

He ranks sixth all-time in wins with 110, and while he did not win any championships with the Blackhawks, he would go on to win with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014. My dad was a really big fan of Darryl Sutter, and I remember how happy he was when he did win his first championship in 2012.

Sutter will always have a home in Blackhawks history, but it is nice that he did go on to have some real success in his career.

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