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Blackhawks fire head coach Joel Quenneville

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Chicago Blackhawks fired head coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday morning. He was replaced by Jeremy Colliton.

Quenneville spent 10-plus seasons with the team. He guided the team to nine playoff appearances, including five Conference Finals and three Stanley Cups.

Former Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville looks on as his team faces the Calgary Flames
Joel Quenneville looks on as his team faces the Calgary Flames (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

He also had a 452-249-96 record with the team. He also went 76-52 in the postseason with the franchise.

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Quenneville also was the second-winningest coach, who had 890 wins.

“The Chicago Blackhawks front office has made a decision to release Joel Quenneville from his head coaching duties, doing so with my full support,” Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz. “As Chicago Blackhawks fans have seen over the last decade, this organization no longer shies away from making tough decisions or ones based on emotion. Those days are long behind us. Of course, Joel’s was difficult, as it should have been. During his tenure as head coach to the Chicago Blackhawks, Joel brought the city of Chicago and our fans three Stanley Cups and an incredible era of hockey.

“When Joel was originally hired into our 2008 season, we had great hope for his potential to take the team to new levels. He went beyond what anyone expected. As difficult as that decision in 2008 was, this one was tougher. But as we look to a future history not yet defined, we believe the change we made today, will provide the Chicago Blackhawks a critical element in achieving our goals of Championships in the future, including this season.”

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With his success, Quenneville would be a hot name in the coaching circles when teams are looking for a new head coach. 

“I wish Joel and his family well and thank him for his incredible leadership and results,” Wirtz said. “Nothing will ever take away the success he brought our franchise, our fans, and my family. Joel will forever be etched into the most memorable era in Chicago Blackhawk hockey. And for that, we will always be connected and always eternally grateful.”

The Blackhawks are 6-6-3 this season. However, the team has lost five straight games. 

“It’s an honor to [be with] the Blackhawks, an Original Six franchise and fantastic city, (a) tradition of success, and I’ll do everything I can to build on that,” Colliton said. “I need to say thank you to Joel also. He’s a big part of why I wanted to come to the organization in the first place and he was great to me. He treated me so well, and for that reason, it’s bittersweet to be succeeding him.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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