Blackhawks extend Coach Quenneville’s contract

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday a three-year contract extension for Head Coach Joel Quenneville, which runs through the end of the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.

Quenneville is entering his sixth season with the Blackhawks after being named the 37th Head Coach in franchise history on Oct. 16, 2008.

During his tenure, Quenneville has led the team to two Stanley Cup Championships becoming the only active head coach with multiple Cup wins. He coached the Blackhawks to their second President’s Trophy in 2012-13 when the team set a NHL record with 77 points in a 48-game schedule and finished with a .802 points percentage, fifth-best in league history; the Blackhawks also set a NHL record with a 24-game season-opening point streak.

Quenneville was named a finalist for the 2013 Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL coaches judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.

With Quenneville at the helm, the Blackhawks have compiled a 222-106-44 record in 372 regular-season games. He holds a franchise-best .656 regular-season points percentage, while his .613 postseason winning percentage (46-29) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940.

Quenneville is the only head coach in franchise history to win two Stanley Cup Championships.

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