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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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3. Rudy Pilous

Blackhawks coach from 1958 – 1963

I originally had Bob Pulford above Rudy Pilous but luckily I changed that. Pilous ranks fourth all-time in wins, but it is his championship success that gets him this position. Pilous coached the 1961 Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup, the team that won the championship last before Toews and Kane would in 2010.

Pilous arguably could be second on this list for that one championship alone, but Billy Reay does deserve some credit as the longest-tenured coach in team history.

2. Billy Reay

Blackhawks coach from 1964 – 1977 

Billy Reay coached the Blackhawks for a long stretch from 1964 to 1977. He coached the team to three different Stanley Cup Finals but was never able to pull it off in the final round. The amazing thing about Reay is his tenure with the team.

If Joel Quenneville was never let go from the team he still wouldn’t have been behind the bench for more games than Reay. Reay coached the team for a long stretch of time and he only missed the postseason one year up until getting fired in 1977.

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