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Quenneville interested in coaching Olympics, on board with participating in ’18

Feb 25, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

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Joel Quenneville has won two Stanley Cups in the last four years, the kind of success that would put him in the running for an Olympic coaching job.

So, would such a gig interest him?

“Yeah, it’d be great,” Quenneville said, per ESPN. “I think the Canadians, they’ve done an outstanding job, that staff. I commend them on what they’ve accomplished over the last couple of Olympics.

“They’ve been perfect. I’m happy for them.”

Mike Babcock, who’s been one of Quenneville’s coaching rivals over the last few years in the Detroit-Chicago series, has led Canada to gold at consecutive Winter Games. By the sounds of it, Quenneville would like to get in the mix and, on Tuesday, told CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada radio he was on board with NHLers participating in the 2018 games in Pyeongchang.

“I’m fine with the whole process. I don’t mind it, I think the players are excited about it,” Quenneville explained. “I think at the start of the year we had a lot of guys competing for [Olympic] jobs, and I think that was a healthy situation to be in from our team environment.

“Watching it from a fan’s perspective, I thought there were some excellent games, exciting games. It’s a little different style of game than we’re accustomed to seeing but, at the same time, I think everybody having a chance to represent their country and come back being a champion is something that’s thrilling.”

Chicago had 10 players participate in Sochi, six of whom medaled: Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya all won silver with Sweden while Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews captured gold for Canada.

Finally, it’s worth noting that — as a dual-citizenship holder — Quenneville could theoretically coach Canada or the U.S. So, which would he choose?

“I don’t know,” he said (smiling, according to ESPN). “We’ll see. I’m a Canadian. I don’t know if that’s … We’ll see.”

  1. joey4id - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    It’s time for USA to make some changes. Enter Q, and exit Burke for starters. Bylsma is slowly losing a lot of credibility. The only to save his job and add to his legacy is by winning another SC.

    • bigtganks - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Coach Tortorella for the USA team!!!!!!!! Haha. Can you imagine??

      • joey4id - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        If Torts goes to the Olympics in 2018 I’m looking for the IOC to introduce a new sport. “Fastest time from bench to opposing team’s locker room”.

    • c9castine - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      “The only to save his job and add to his legacy is by winning another SC.”

      thats….man. you guys know he’s been a head coach for roughly 4.5 seasons and has well over 200 wins and a stanley cup right??

      just checkin. just glad there aren’t people like you running the Pens because i hate flip flopping coaches constantly.

      look at 4 most prominent and successful teams in recent history. (pitt, chicago, detroit, boston) all of them have stable longstanding coaching situations.

      but you all know better.

  2. stcrowe - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Too early to say. A lot happens in four years. We have no idea which coaches will win Stanley Cups between now and then, or which coaches will be on a hot streak in 2017-2018.

  3. csilojohnson - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Q is Canadien. He said it himself…
    Dont really care what papers he holds. Its about where his heart is. He said enough in that last quote.
    Great coach. Not American.

    • nflfan4now - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      I don’t think Nolan is Latvian (is that a word?) either though…. lol

      • therealjr - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Personally I find the whole concept of foreigners coaching your Olympic team ridiculous. Not so much the dual-citizen guys but Nolan with Latvia, a German coaching the US soccer team, and I’m sure there are other examples. Under other circumstance it’s fine, but the competition is supposed to be about country and that should include coaches.

  4. letherton - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    2018 is in the future. Q needs to TCB right now. Hawks have lost 14 ot games. Can you say stamina ??

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Can you say “shootout?”

  5. micasa81 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    I think he’s a fantastic coach. He might be my next choice for head coach after Babcock. Assuming Babcock isn’t stepping down, though, it would seem that the real question is, who are the best people to assist under him in 2018? Q might be one of them, I don’t know.

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