When the Blackhawks take on the Flyers tonight on NBCSN, there’ll be more at stake than the usual two points.
‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville will be looking for his 700th career win, which would put him in elite company — only Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins) and Al Arbour (782) are members of the NHL’s 700-win club.
“I’ve been really fortunate where I’ve been,” Quenneville said, per the Chicago Daily Herald. “I’ve been in some real good situations with some great organizations, some real good teams.”
Quenneville’s right to say he’s been in some very good situations. His time in St. Louis saw him lead one of the greatest teams in franchise history during the 1999-2000 campaign — the Blues finished with 51 wins and 114 points, helping Quenneville win his first and only Jack Adams Award.
From there, Quenneville inherited a quality Colorado team that won at least 43 games in each of his three seasons at the helm. The Avalanche experience was quickly followed by his current gig in Chicago, where he’s achieved the greatest success of his career — a pair of Stanley Cup championships and a winning percentage that’s never dipped below .590.
“I’ve had the privilege to coach some great players as well here [in Chicago],” he explained. “It’s been a great six years here in Chicago. We’re very happy with where we’re at.”
At 55, Quenneville looks as though he’ll make a serious run at Arbour for No. 2 on the coaching list. He signed a three-year extension with Chicago last July and should have some good shelf life remaining, especially given how well his counterparts have done at an older age — Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock is 62; Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau is 59.