Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says he’d like to work out a contract extension
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2013 10:15PM
Joel Quenneville, Dave Bolland
Updated: June 27, 2013 11:09PM
While his players spent much of the last two days on one of the most memorable bar crawls in Chicago history, coach Joel Quenneville spent much of his time cleaning up his yard, which was toilet-papered by giddy Blackhawks fans.
“It’s progressed,” Quenneville said, talking about his yard in the same nebulous way he talks about player injuries. “A never-ending project.”
Quenneville has entrenched himself as a member of the Chicago community and hopes to keep it that way. His contract expires after next season, and he said Thursday that he’d very much like to work out an extension.
“Absolutely, we love it here,” he said. “We don’t want to go anywhere. This is a special place to be from all perspectives. Being a coach in this hockey environment, this organization, with the players we have — I was very fortunate to walk [through] the door five years ago with a team that was sitting on gold. Had a lot of fun over those five years.”
Quenneville leads all active coaches in regular-season wins (660) and games coached (1,211), as well as playoff wins (88) and games coached (162). He’s now the 14th coach to win multiple Stanley Cups. And just a year ago, his job was in jeopardy after a second straight first-round playoff exit.
“You can’t worry about that stuff in this business,” he said. “I’m sure there were a number of coaches in a comparable boat. That’s the life and challenges of being a coach. I was never worried about that.”
Quenneville received an extension after the 2010 championship, when he also had one year left on his deal, and general manager Stan Bowman said Quenneville is very much in the Hawks’ future plans.
“Like we spoke of a couple of years ago at this time, we want to keep Joel,” Bowman said. “He’s done a tremendous job leading the team. There’s no one else I’d rather have coaching this group than Joel. He’s demonstrated a great ability to understand what it takes to win. He’s got a proven track record, and I think our players really respond to him.”