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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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Mike Keenan, Chicago Blackhawks
Mike Keenan, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images) /

5. Mike Keenan

Blackhawks coach from 1989 – 1992 

Keenan coached and managed the Blackhawks for four seasons to an overall record of 153-126-41. He was with the Blackhawks for 320 games, fifth all-time in Blackhawks history. Keenan was also the only coach to make it to the Stanley Cup Final until Joel Quenneville would in 2010.

Keenan is one of the only coaches on this list outside of coach Q and Billy Reay to have success in the postseason. Keenan ranks third all-time in playoff wins getting his teams to at least the conference final in three out of four seasons behind the bench. He was replaced by Darryl Sutter as coach in 1993, but that ended up working out in Keenan’s favor as he would go on to win a championship with New York in 1994.

4. Bob Pulford

Blackhawks coach from 1977 – 1987 and 1999 – 2000

Bob Pulford has served in basically every role with the Chicago Blackhawks. Coach, general manager, and senior vice president of the team. Pulford ranks third all-time in games behind the bench and third in wins as well.

He is an interesting coach in team history as he served a few different stints behind the bench and always bounced around different roles. Pulford’s teams in Chicago never really did much in the postseason making it to the conference finals only twice out of seven seasons behind the bench.

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