Blackhawks: What's Joel Quenneville's legacy in Chicago?


Blackhawks: What's Joel Quenneville's legacy in Chicago?

Joel Quenneville's name will forever be mentioned with some of the greatest coaches in Chicago history.

With three Stanley Cup victories during his tenure with the Blackhawks, and his quest to move into second on the all-time NHL regular-season win list, Quenneville has cemented his legacy among the greats in the Windy City.

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But does Quenneville deserve to be in the same conversation with the likes of Chicago coaching legends' Phil Jackson and Mike Ditka? Absolutely.

"He's going to go down as maybe the greatest coach in Chicago history," Chicago Sun-Times Blackhawks reporter Mark Lazerus said on Tuesday's episode of SportsTalk Live. "Right up there with Phil Jackson. They are going to be the only two in that conversation that have done what these two teams have done. In the modern day NHL you can't do what the Blackhawks are doing."

Check out what else the SportsTalk Live panel had to say about Quenneville in the video above.


Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: