Joel Norman Quenneville (born September 15, 1958) is a Canadian–American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He won three Stanley Cup titles as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, and has also coached the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. On January 15, 2016, he surpassed Al Arbour with his 783rd win as an NHL coach, making Quenneville second only to Scotty Bowman in total wins. He is often referred to by fans and players as "Coach Q" or simply as "Q".
Quenneville coaching the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011
|Born||September 15, 1958|
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Nationality||Canadian / American|
|Occupation||Ice hockey coach, player|
|General manager||Dale Tallon|
|Previous team(s)||St. Louis Blues|
|Stanley Cup wins||2010, 2013, 2015|
|Years as a coach||1996–present|
|Years as an NHL coach||1996–present|
|Years with current team||2019–present|
Playing and coaching careerEdit
As a player, Quenneville was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the OHA's Windsor Spitfires, the New Brunswick Hawks, Baltimore Skipjacks and St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals of the NHL. He has also been a player/assistant coach of St. John's, head coach of the AHL's Springfield Indians, and assistant coach of the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche. He won the Jack Adams Award with the St. Louis Blues in the 1999–2000 season.
Quenneville won the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Avalanche in 1996. He then moved to the Blues franchise, becoming head coach midway through the next season after Mike Keenan was fired. He led St. Louis to seven straight playoff berths. His best season was in 1999–2000, when he led the Blues to a franchise-record 51 wins and their first Presidents' Trophy for the league's best regular season record. However, they were upset in the playoffs, losing to the San Jose Sharks in the first round. In Quenneville's eighth season with the Blues, the team started poorly and late in the year was in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century. As a result, Quenneville was fired.
Quenneville was hired to coach the Avalanche in June 2004, before the 2004–05 NHL lockout resulted in the season's cancellation. In his first year with the Avalanche, he led the team to the playoffs and a first round upset of the Dallas Stars. On March 25, 2007, Quenneville coached his 750th career game. He became one of only seven currently active coaches to reach 750 games as of the 2006–07 season. Quenneville coached his 400th win on October 26, 2007, a 3–2 overtime game against the Calgary Flames. On May 9, 2008, the Avalanche announced that Quenneville was leaving the organization. Quenneville was hired as a pro scout by the Chicago Blackhawks in September 2008.
On October 16, 2008, Quenneville was promoted to head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, replacing former Blackhawk Denis Savard. On December 1, 2009, he received his 500th win as a coach in an 11-round shootout battle against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his first two seasons with Chicago, he led the team to the 2009 Western Conference Final and the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. With the Blackhawks' victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the latter, Quenneville earned his first Stanley Cup as a head coach. On December 18, 2011, he earned his 600th career coaching win, winning 4–2 against the Calgary Flames. Quenneville earned his second championship as a head coach against the Boston Bruins during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, cementing his status as one of a handful of Chicago head coaches with multiple championships (the others are George Halas of the Chicago Bears, Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls, and Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs). On March 19, 2014, Quenneville became just the third head coach in NHL history to record 700 wins. On March 23, 2015 Quenneville reached 750 wins as a coach. His team won the Stanley Cup for the third time on June 15, 2015 with a 2–0 shutout over the Tampa Bay Lightning. This was the first Blackhawks' championship win on home ice since 1938. With his third win, Quenneville became the third coach in Chicago sports history to win three championships, after Halas and Jackson. On January 14, 2016, Quenneville earned his 783rd win, passing Al Arbour for second all-time among NHL coaches. On April 3, 2016, Quenneville earned his 800th win, in a 6–4 victory over the Boston Bruins, and joined Scotty Bowman as the only two coaches with at least 800 wins.
On February 21, 2017, the Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 5–3, helping Quenneville become the second coach in Blackhawks history to win 400 games. On February 21, 2018, Quenneville became the third coach in NHL history to coach 1,600 games as the Blackhawks won 3–2 over the Ottawa Senators. On March 10, Quenneville coached in his 1,608th regular season game and passed Arbour for second most on NHL all-time games coached list. On November 6, 2018, the Blackhawks fired Quenneville after a 6–6–3 start in the 2018–19 season. He concluded his tenure in Chicago with a 452–249–96 regular season record, a 76–52 record in the postseason, and as the second winningest coach in NHL history with 890 wins.
On April 8, 2019, the Florida Panthers hired Quenneville as head coach. In his first season with the Panthers, Quenneville led the Panthers to a 35-26-8 record in the pandemic shortened 2019–20 season and the Panthers first playoff appearance in four seasons, losing to the New York Islanders in four games in the qualifying round.
|1978–79||New Brunswick Hawks||AHL||16||1||10||11||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||2||9||11||60||6||0||1||1||4|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||32||1||4||5||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||5||12||17||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||73||7||23||30||58||16||0||1||1||10|
|STL||1996–97||40||18||15||7||—||(83)||4th in Central||2||4||.333||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (DET)|
|STL||1997–98||82||45||29||8||—||98||3rd in Central||6||4||.600||Lost in Conference Semifinals (DET)|
|STL||1998–99||82||37||32||13||—||87||2nd in Central||6||7||.462||Lost in Conference Semifinals (DAL)|
|STL||1999–2000||82||51||19||11||1||114||1st in Central||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (SJS)|
|STL||2000–01||82||43||22||12||5||103||2nd in Central||9||6||.600||Lost in Conference Finals (COL)|
|STL||2001–02||82||43||27||8||4||98||2nd in Central||5||5||.500||Lost in Conference Semifinals (DET)|
|STL||2002–03||82||41||24||11||6||99||2nd in Central||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (VAN)|
|STL total||593||307||191||77||18||34||34||.500||7 playoff appearances|
|COL||2005–06||82||43||30||—||9||95||2nd in Northwest||4||5||.444||Lost in Conference Semifinals (ANA)|
|COL||2006–07||82||44||31||—||7||95||4th in Northwest||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|COL||2007–08||82||44||31||—||7||95||2nd in Northwest||4||6||.400||Lost in Conference Semifinals (DET)|
|COL total||246||131||92||—||23||8||11||.421||2 playoff appearances|
|CHI||2008–09||78||45||22||—||11||(104)||2nd in Central||9||8||.529||Lost in Conference Finals (DET)|
|CHI||2009–10||82||52||22||—||8||112||1st in Central||16||6||.727||Won Stanley Cup (PHI)|
|CHI||2010–11||82||44||29||—||9||97||3rd in Central||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (VAN)|
|CHI||2011–12||82||45||26||—||11||101||4th in Central||2||4||.333||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (PHX)|
|CHI||2012–13||48||36||7||—||5||77||1st in Central||16||7||.696||Won Stanley Cup (BOS)|
|CHI||2013–14||82||46||21||—||15||107||3rd in Central||11||8||.579||Lost in Conference Finals (LAK)|
|CHI||2014–15||82||48||28||—||6||102||3rd in Central||16||7||.696||Won Stanley Cup (TBL)|
|CHI||2015–16||82||47||26||—||9||103||3rd in Central||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round (STL)|
|CHI||2016–17||82||50||23||—||9||109||1st in Central||0||4||.000||Lost in First Round (NSH)|
|CHI||2017–18||82||33||39||—||10||76||7th in Central||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|CHI total||797||452||249||—||96||76||52||.594||9 playoff appearances|
3 Stanley Cup titles
|FLA||2019–20||69||35||26||—||8||78||4th in Atlantic||1||3||.250||Lost in Qualifying Round (NYI)|
|FLA total||69||35||26||—||8||1||3||.250||1 playoff appearance|
|Total||1,705||925||558||77||145||119||100||.543||19 playoff appearances|
3 Stanley Cup titles
Quenneville is of Franco-Ontarian heritage and is married to Elizabeth, a native of Connecticut whom he met during his stint with the Hartford Whalers. They reside in Coral Springs, Florida with their three children: a son, Dylan, and two daughters, Lily and Anna. After working in the U.S. for over 30 years Quenneville passed the USCIS naturalization test required to become a United States citizen on May 24, 2011 and now has dual citizenship.
Quenneville was hospitalized and reported as being "in stable condition after 'severe discomfort' of a non-cardiac nature" on February 16, 2011, resulting in him missing a home game versus the Minnesota Wild that night. After a conversation with the coach, Kelly Chase reported that Quenneville had suffered from internal bleeding, the cause of which was yet to be discovered, but that he was in high spirits and intended to be behind the bench for the Blackhawks next game on February 18. It was announced on February 18, that the problem had been a small ulcer caused by aspirin, a drug known to have the potential for gastrointestinal side effects. He finally returned to take the Blackhawks practice on February 23, having been released from the hospital on February 19.
Quenneville is a first cousin, once-removed, of Peter Quenneville, who was drafted 195th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, John Quenneville, who was drafted 30th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and David, who was drafted 200th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
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David Quenneville (200th overall), brother of two recent NHL draft picks and cousin to Islanders’ veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk, as well as cousin to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
| Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
| Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
| Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
| Head coach of the Florida Panthers
|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the Jack Adams Award