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Blackhawks fire head coach Joel Quenneville after successful 11-year tenure

By on November 6, 2018
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It’s the end of an era in Chicago.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday that they have relieved head coach Joel Quenneville, and two assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson of their duties after the team’s underwhelming 6-6-3 start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Immediately following, they also promoted Rockford IceHogs (AHL) bench boss Jeremy Colliton to take Quenneville’s place as Blackhawks head coach, and added Barry Smith to the coaching staff as an assistant.

“This is certainly a very difficult decision. But I believe it is in the best interests of the Blackhawks organization,” said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman in a statement.

“We need to maximize each and every opportunity with our playoff goals in mind and create continued growth and development throughout our roster at the same time. After much deliberation the last several days, with great respect to what Joel has meant to the Blackhawks, we knew we had to make a change. Along with our appreciation for everything Joel has accomplished for our franchise, we also thank Kevin and Ulf for their many contributions and wish them success in the future.

Quenneville, who replaced Denis Savard as head coach on October 16, 2008, posted a combined 452-249-96 regular season in 797 games and 10-plus seasons at the helm.

During his tenure, the Blackhawks qualified for the postseason nine out of a possible 10 times, and won three Stanley Cups over a six-year span in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

The 60-year old sits at second in all-time wins as an NHL head coach with 890.

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