Tuesday night’s win was the 500th regular season game behind the bench in Chicago for coach Joel Quenneville, who has led the resurrection of the franchise. He has put together the best resume of any coach in the long, storied history of the Blackhawks.
Quenneville, in his seventh season in Chicago after taking over for Denis Savard early in the 2008-09 season, has coached the Blackhawks into the postseason in every season he’s been here. His Hawks teams have played in the Western Conference Final four times, winning twice; Chicago went on to win the Stanley Cup both times they advances to the Cup Final.
He still holds the mark for the most coaching wins in the history of the St. Louis Blues, accumulating an impressive 307-191-77-18 record (.598 win percentage) in eight seasons. His time in Chicago has been even more impressive, posting a 297-142-61 record (.654).
Most importantly, Quenneville has a 57-37 record (.606) in the postseason with the Blackhawks.
By comparison, Detroit’s Mike Babcock has a .655 regular season win percentage (441-209-100) over ten years behind the bench with the Red Wings. In 115 postseason games, Babcock-led teams are 64-51 (.557) with one Cup victory in two trips to the Cup Final.
Billy Reay is the franchise’s all-time leader, coaching 1,012 games during his tenure as the Hawks coach (1964-77) while amassing a 516-335-161 record (.589) in the regular season. In 117 postseason games, Reay’s teams were three games under .500 (57-60).