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Chicago makes Quenneville extension official, runs through 2017

Jul 26, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

Joel Quenneville AP

The Chicago Blackhawks made the heavily-rumored Joel Quenneville contract extension official on Friday, inking their head coach to a three-year deal.

“I’m privileged to coach probably the best group in the league,” Quenneville said during today’s presser.

The new contract will kick in at the end of Quenneville’s current deal, set to expire after the 2013-14 season. That means Coach Q will — barring an early dismissal — be in Chicago until 2017.

This new pact has some familiarity to it as Quenneville, 54, also signed a three-year extension in 2010 after winning the Cup snapping the Blackhawks’ 49-year championship drought.

The former St. Louis and Colorado bench boss has achieved huge success in the Windy City since taking over the ‘Hawks head coaching gig from Denis Savard just four games into the 2008-09 season.

This past season, Quenneville earned his first Jack Adams nomination as Blackhawks head coach — he won one in 2000 with the Blues — after leading Chicago to just its second-ever Presidents’ Trophy.

Over the course of his five seasons with the ‘Hawks, Quenneville has racked up 222 wins — second most in franchise history.

That said, Coach Q still has a ways to go before catching franchise leader Billy Reay, who coached the ‘Hawks from 1963-76 and racked up 516 career wins.

  1. chicagobtech - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Coach Q will need another extension or two to catch up with Billy Reay.

    Rooting for 517!

  2. imleftcoast - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    “I’m privileged to coach probably the best group in the league,” Quenneville said during today’s presser. Better than the Bruins anyway at least for those 17 seconds.

    • 19to77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      I love how bitter Canucks fans still are over those two teams. The salt in your wounds must sting. I like that.

    • bhawksrule - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      You lost… in 6. Get over it.

  3. tripps3 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Go Q !!

  4. bruinsfan1953 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Joel , your a class act , congrats

  5. chicagoraiderfan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Lol at the Bruins fan. Sour grapes much? Better luck next year Bwooahston

  6. blackhawks2010 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Bruins fan forgot to realize that the series wasn’t really close after all. Once the Hawks figured out the Bruins in Game 4, the series was over.

  7. skarfacci - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Good stuff. A team is here who can compete with the Red Wings. Consistently, year after year. Boston wasted money on Rask.

  8. ilikejay - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Wooah, slow down there chiefs. A very minor comment from someone who says he is left coast, and you guys go nutty. Say what you will that was an awesome series, and both coaches were very deserving of a ton of respect. To get all snipey is a little embarrassing for us other hawks fans. Just enjoy the win, and the fact they are 6-1 odds to repeat.

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