Blackhawks fire coach Joel Quenneville
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 12:00am
(CHICAGO) – The Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday. Quenneville, who won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, had been with the team since 2008 and was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He is the second-winningest coach in NHL history, compiling 890 wins with St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago; only Scotty Bowman (1,244) has more. Chicago promoted its AHL coach, Jeremy Colliton, 33, who becomes the youngest head coach in the NHL. Colliton says he has a huge amount of respect for Quenneville and has some huge shoes to fill. He says he will be himself and go from there. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said that Quenneville's firing was a definite shock. Many of the Blackhawks veterans thought that the move was in some ways their fault. The front office stood united, however. Owner Rocky Wirtz released a statement saying the team parted with Quenneville with his "full support." The past several seasons haven't been up to the Stanley Cup standards, however. Despite posting over 100 points in 2015-16 and 2016-17, Chicago was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs each season. Last season, the Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Chicago is 6-6-3 and also fired assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Barry Smith, 66, was named an assistant coach on Colliton's staff.
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