The biggest questions stemming from the Blackhawks firing of Joel Quenneville are “why now?” and “what now?”
We don’t know the answer to the latter, but we can piece together the reasons for the former. Here’s a timeline of Quenneville’s career with the Blackhawks:
Summer 2008: After mutually parting ways with the Colorado Avalanche, Joel Quenneville joins the Blackhawks organization as a scout.
October 16, 2008: The Blackhawks fire head coach Denis Savard after a 1-2-1 start to the season and name Quenneville head coach.
April 4, 2009: The Blackhawks clinch their first playoff berth since the 2001-2002 season with a 3-1 win over Nashville.
June 9, 2010: Patrick Kane scores the overtime game-winner in game 6 against the Flyers, clinching the Blackhawks first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
2013: Following the NHL lockout, Quenneville’s Blackhawks set an NHL record with a streak of 24 straight games with a point to start the season.
June 24, 2013: Quenneville becomes the first head coach in franchise history to win multiple Stanley Cups after the Blackhawks complete a miraculous 17-second comeback in Boston.
June 1, 2014: Blackhawks lose in overtime of game 7 of the Western Conference Finals to the Los Angeles Kings after a puck deflects off Nick Leddy and into the Blackhawks net.
June 15, 2015: With a 2-0 win on home ice, the Blackhawks clinch their third Stanley Cup victory in six seasons.
January 14, 2016: Quenneville passes Al Arbour for second all-time in NHL history with 783 regular season head coaching wins.
April 25, 2016: The Blackhawks are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 3-2 loss in game 7 against the St. Louis Blues.
April 20, 2017: After claiming the Western Conference’s top seed, the Blackhawks are swept in four games by the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs.
March 21, 2018: For the first time since 2009, the Blackhawks are officially eliminated from contention and miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
November 6, 2018: Joel Quenneville is fired as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Quenneville leaves the Blackhawks as the NHL’s second winningest coach with 890 wins, trailing only Scotty Bowman’s 1244. He is second in Blackhawks franchise history with 452 wins behind Billy Reay’s 516 but leads the organization with 76 playoff wins. He is one of 11 head coaches in league history to win 3-or-more Stanley Cups.
So the question for both Quenneville and the Blackhawks remain: “what now?”Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.