Blackhawks Say Farewell to Quenneville

By: Vanessa Serrao

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Joel Quenneville knew what was going to happen. After attaining three Stanley Cup titles and nine playoff appearances with the Chicago Blackhawks, he figured this was a huge season for him. But two months later things obviously changed. The Blackhawks fired Quenneville on Tuesday, November 6th, ending a fiercely effective run that brought the franchise to the highest level of the NHL after years of agony.

It was certainly a very difficult decision, made by general manager Stan Bowman. But it was in the best interests of the Blackhawks organization. The point is to maximize each and every chance with playoff goals in mindfulness and produce consistent advancement and progress throughout one's roster simultaneously. After a lot of consideration the last several days, with much honor to what Joel has meant to the Blackhawks, they knew they had to shake things up.

60-year-old Quenneville had another year left on a three-year contract extension he signed in 2016 that pays him $6 million per year, which is the second best in the NHL just behind Mike Babcock coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Quenville was the extensive head coach in the NHL and the second coach let go in the past three days after the Los Angeles Kings let go of John Stevens on Sunday, November 4th. Whenever Quenneville wants to get back up on that horse, he most definitely will have plenty to offer. 

The long-gone NHL defenceman has 890 wins in 22 years as a head coach with St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago. Scotty Bowman, Stan’s father and a senior instructor with the Blackhawks, is the exclusive man with added regular-season wins. Quenneville took hold of Chicago four games into the 2008-09 season, taking over Denis Savard following the Hall of Famer who was fired by once general manager Dale Tallon. What came forth was a bizarre course for one of the NHL’s versatile Six franchises. 

Thank you for reading. I am Vanessa Serrao, sports writer for Barn Burner and author of Anxiety Girl that is available on Amazon.