Coach Joel Quenneville was let go by the Chicago Blackhawks this week, ending what was anincredible and historic run by the future Hall of Famer. A decade-long run of three Stanley Cup championship and nine playoff berths is just the tip of the iceberg.
Overall he went 452-249-96 as the head coach of the Blackhawks, that is 797 total games.Quenneville’s Blackhawks recorded a point in 69% of the games he coached over those 797games. Do not forget his .595 winning percentage in the playoffs (76-52) as Blackhawks head coach.
Just to look back more at his great tenure in Chicago, here are the Top Five accomplishments for the Blackhawks under Joel Quenneville.
5.) Leading them back to the Western Conference Finals, 2009
The young Blackhawks were in their first year under Coach Q when they shocked the hockey world and made it to the conference finals in 2009. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were not old enough to drink and their points leader was Marty Havlat. They had promise for the future,but this was a very notable run.
It started after going 45-22-11 and making it in as the fourth seed, first time in the playoffs since 2002. They extinguished the Calgary Flames in six and took on the favored Vancouver Canucks in round two, eventually winning in six.
The thrilling clinching game at the United Center saw Patrick Kane record a hat trick in a 7-5 win. Hockey was back in Chicago.
Despite losing to the defending champion Red Wings in five in the conference finals, that team impressed a lot of people and was just the beginning to bigger and better things.
4.) Coming back from 3-1 down to beat Detroit, 2013
Ask most Blackhawks fans what their favorite non-Cup Finals memory is, and they’ll tell you it was Brent Seabrook’s OT goal in game seven against the Red Wings.
That moment took place after being down 3-1 in the series and forcing game 7 at home. While the Blackhawks were heavily favored in the series, Detroit out-coached and frustrated the President’s Trophy winning Hawks in games 2-4. It looked all but over, but Coach Q’s squad was not throwing in the towel.
A dominating win in game 5, a close win in game 6 on the road set up game 7. 1-1 score at the end of regulation set up the magical moment by Seabrook. It was the final game the two faced as division/conference rivals.
3.) Bringing Lord Stanley home for the first time in nearly 50 years, 2010
After a 49 year drought, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup against the Flyers in six games. It was probably the favorite Cup-run by many as it was the monkey off the back. That team recorded a team record 112 points in the regular season before winning it all in Philadelphia as Patrick Kane slipped the puck underneath Michael Leighton in overtime of game 6.
Their path saw them go through the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks before getting to the finals which was not easy but the Hawks proved they were the best team. It was Coach Q’s first Stanley Cup as a head coach.
2.) Hat Trick of Cups, 2015
This may have been the most satisfying Stanley Cup win of the three under Q. It came after a 2014 season when the Blackhawks looked like they would repeat as champions, but lost in absolute heartbreaking fashion to the Los Angeles Kings in overtime of game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
There was still a sour taste in many people’s mouths after that. 2015 was also the year the Blackhawks seemed like more of an underdog in the playoffs.
Outside of the second round series against the Wild, the Hawks did not have home ice in any other series. A number of people favored Nashville to beat them if the first series, they won in six. Many thought the Anaheim Ducks were too tough for them in the conference finals, they won in seven grueling games.
Finally, many though the Tampa Bay Lightning were primed to win the Cup and the Hawks beat them in six heart-pounding games.
Also, winning the Cup at home was really awesome. Coach Q himself said 2015 was probably his favorite run.
1.) Epic Season ending in 17 seconds, 2013
That lockout-shortened season saw what may have been the greatest Blackhawks team of all time. Starting with the 30-game point streak and ending in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.
One of the most amazing endings in a sport game as one may see, being down 2-1 with less than two minutes to go and Bryan Bickell ties the game with Dave Bolland scoring the game- winner 17 seconds later.
Who could forget Coach Q pumping his arms on the bench like a young kid after that second goal went in?? There probably will not be a moment like that in Blackhawks hockey for a very long time.
So much more could be said about that magical season, but everyone who watched it remembers how great it was without talking about it.