Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville Agree To 3-Year Extension

On Tuesday morning, while most of social media was celebrating Marian Hossa’s 37th birthday, the Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension for head coach Joel Quenneville. His new deal runs through the 2019-20 season.

Under Quenneville, the Blackhawks have a 343-168-69 regular season record. In the postseason, Chicago has a 73-44 record and three Stanley Cup championships with Q calling the shots, and the Hawks also earned the Presidents’ Trophy after the 2013 regular season.

On Tuesday night in Nashville, Quenneville will attempt to tie Al Arbour as the second-winningest coach in NHL history. In his 19 years as a head coach in the NHL, Quenneville has a 781-451-77-110 record and his teams have qualified the postseason in 16 of 18 seasons. He was named the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 16, 2008.

30 thoughts on “Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville Agree To 3-Year Extension

  • January 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I approve this message.

  • January 12, 2016 at 10:56 am


    Best pic for the topic too. Also, Q would have to coach another 9 years after this and average 50 a year to catch Bowman. Not that crazy of a thought.

  • January 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    There is your window! Q has been an amazing add to the organization. Almost comical how upset most Hawks fans were when Savy was replaced with Q. Joel is a sure fire HOF coach and one of the best coaches in the game right now. Excellent news to know he will be here for another 3 years!

    “Nobody likes winning more then I do”
    Coach Q

  • January 12, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Great news – Q and his staff are the best in the league and get way too little credit. Read an article today discussing award winners based on first half results. Of course, Q wasn’t even in the top 3 for Coach of the year – What a joke given the results for a team that lost Sharp, Oduya, Saad and Vermette.

  • January 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

    @ MS,

    Were you reading the one on Lindy Ruff, Gerard Gallant, and Totz are all fine choices. Likely it will go to Trotz if Washington keeps up their torrid pace. Very curious to see how all three clubs will do when it really matters.

    Funny I was thinking that this might be Q’s best coaching season so far with this cast, its a shame that nationally he hasn’t got any support. His name isn’t even listed

  • January 12, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Good for Q. Good for the Chicago Blackhawks!

  • January 12, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Crow & Q can laugh their way to another cup!

  • January 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Okay, if you turn around a crap franchise, sure you should be coach of the year. If you take a mediocre team and make them good, maybe and maybe not. Q doesn’t get any respect for long-term success. It’s a lot more than throwing 19 and 88 out there. How many times has he taken a team after half the roster has been changed and got them to win?

  • January 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Well deserved extension. A proven winner that is respected greatly by his players, Q remains one of the top coaches in the league. The trend remains up for the Chicago Blackhawks organeyezation. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Joel more than a few times since he came to Chicago, and he can be a very friendly and funny guy.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • January 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    “I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Joel more than a few times since he came to Chicago, and he can be a very friendly and funny guy”…..

    As they say on sports radio, …… “We’re happy for you”

  • January 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Huge news !!! I was getting a little paranoid. It had to be done this year, but nobody was talking or asking about it.
    I remember what Coach Q said in his on ice interview for the Canadian TV when asked about his future “How can you leave this?” while pointing at the stands.

    I’m curious if they came close to Babcock type of money.

  • January 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    PS: …on ice interview while waiting for the Stanley Cup…

  • January 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Coach Q might be the most under rated coach in almost any sport! Over the years we all have grown to not just like Q but love him and his style and his demeanor. He really protects his players at all cost in every “post game interview” every one!

    Coach Q is noted as a players coach in an era when you almost have no choice but he has done an outstanding job with his “teams” and “trades” and “transitions” and in Sports ( why i love sports) you performance is “measured” every night unlike the rest of us . . . slackers. See John Tortorella for a coach who is NOT a PLAYERS COACH and nor is ROY!

    I have GROWN to love how he VITA-MIXES lines before his back is to the wall in game 5 of the playoffs. Most teams stay locked and loaded and make minor adjustments but Coach Q all year moves guys up , over, down and out but keeps the uncertainty very certain and he gets the MOST OUT HIS PLAYERS, which is a skill i know Phil Jackson has and Bill Belichick does and Coach Q is in that room!

    Coach Q also shouts from the bench what I shout from the couch “skate girls” i have said it for 40 years in crowded bars watching Hawks, but it made that also makes me smile. As well as his focus on GREASY GOALS, what we all shout about on this blog so Q keeps it simple, major focus on Defense first and skating with PACE.

    Go Q! and thank U!

  • January 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Tab, in looking at the photo, was it a “package deal”?

  • January 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    He has earned Ditka status in this city. Da Hawks….

  • January 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    So the rumors say close to Babcock money indeed. Great.

  • January 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Congrats Q…let’s keep the run going.

  • January 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Congrats to Q. Perfect coach for this team. Let’s keep in mind — as 1961 and others have cited — we love Q but he is not immune to criticism. He makes mistakes like all of us. So when he does, we will call it out, and move on.

  • January 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Iceman, like his feelings about JM?

  • January 12, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Q has earned the extension. He did an excellent job in the playoffs last year with a marginal 3rd d pairing. This year he has done a fine job of incorporating the youngsters. As Iceman said “he is not immune to criticism”.

  • January 12, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Should be Babcock-esque money, Love to know. Don’t suppose we’re going to know, organization has no requirement to disclose Joel’s compensation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Rocky can pay the head coach any amount he chooses to, no restraints like with the players. Last May, when Babcock signed w/ Toronto CBC Sports reported Babs’ deal to be $6.25M per yr for 8 years and that the next highest paid coach was supposedly Q at $2.75M per. Joel should be minimum $5M now, quite possibly 6M annual

  • January 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    And he deserves every cent of it

  • January 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Q’s feeling about Morin, Stalberg and the like are really not relevant. It’s more what he does or doesn’t do w/ active guys on the roster, i.e. Bollig, Mashinter types.

    Stalberg & Morin were both Bowman “guys,” and didn’t fit Q’s style. Q doesn’t like to be called out, both those guys did that, and good night Irene, they were done. It’s good to see Bowman backs Q, but checks and balances must be employed as well. Stalberg is playing well w/ the Rangers in limited minutes, I would much rather see him playing w/ Toews & Hossa than Panik. Of course, that’s not reality.

  • January 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Meat and Potatoes, eh.

    Kött och Potatis.

    Liha ja Perunat.

    Mäso a Zemiaky.

    M??? ? K????????.

  • January 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Mrco n Kaptodpenb.

  • January 12, 2016 at 5:48 pm


  • January 12, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Q = W

    I hope you get 782 tonight!

  • January 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Iceman – I’m going out on a limb here and I predict that Panik will surprise us all. He’s a big kid, he can skate, he’s got skills – I think he may fit in very well. The intangible here is playing on the same line as 81, his fellow countryman. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

  • January 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    No Anisimov. Wazzup? Illness?

  • January 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I believe Q ended up paying $25K for that picture.

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