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Blackhawks coach Quenneville gets 3-year extension

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm •  Published: July 26, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — Stan Bowman wanted to keep Joel Quenneville in Chicago, and the coach had no desire to leave.

After two Stanley Cup titles in four seasons, this was a no-brainer.

The Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension for Quenneville on Friday, kicking off their sixth annual fan convention with a crowd-pleasing move.

"There's no one we'd want coaching this team more than Joel," said Bowman, who was promoted to general manager about nine months after Quenneville was hired in 2008. "He's done a fantastic job over the years. I think the record speaks for itself."

The 54-year-old Quenneville is 222-106 in five seasons in Chicago. He led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010, ending a 49-year drought, and then coached them to another title this year.

With captain Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and several other players standing off to the side, Quenneville said he was privileged to coach the best group in the league.

"I know we don't get to see all the other teams, but as far as the character, the quality, the experience, the leadership, we have all the intangibles that can make a team successful," he said.

Quenneville's deal was set to expire next year, but it now runs through the 2016-17 season. The announcement was no surprise, since Bowman had said since the end of the season that an extension was a priority and the coach talked all along about how much he enjoyed being part of the organization.

It's likely the last major offseason move for the Blackhawks, who return largely intact as they try to become the first team to win consecutive NHL titles since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

"It's a great start to the weekend with the Hawks announcing the contract for Q," Toews said. "It's much deserved. I mean he's done a lot of great things for his team since he's been here in Chicago."

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