Blackhawks Extend Coach Quenneville's Contract

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday a three-year contract extension for Head Coach Joel Quenneville.

The deal will keep Quenneville under contract with the team through the 2019-20 season, and while the team did not reveal financial details, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet is reporting that the contract will pay Quenneville $6 million per season, the second-highest salary among coaches in the NHL. 

Quenneville is in his eighth season with the Hawks after being named the 37th head coach in the franchise’s history on Oct. 16, 2008. After replacing Denis Savard as coach five games into the 2008-09 season, Quenneville has led the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships, five Western Conference Final appearances, and has racked up 343 regular season wins with the Hawks, the second-most in team history. 

Quenneville has a total of 781 victories in his coaching career, which also includes stops with the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. That number is just one behind Al Arbour for the second-most wins in NHL history and is 463 wins behind Scotty Bowman (currently an adviser for the Blackhwaks) for the most all-time. 

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