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A timeline of Joel Quenneville's tenure with the Blackhawks

A timeline of Joel Quenneville's tenure with the Blackhawks

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?”

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Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula had a successful college hockey career. He compiled 127 points (62 goals, 65 assists) in 162 career games across four seasons at North Dakota, and served as an alternate captain during his senior year.

But before committing to college, Caggiula was being recruited by the Erie Otters of the OHL and there could've been a moment where he played with Connor McDavid and current teammates Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome all at the same time.

“I remember telling Sherry Bassin, the GM of Erie, how I was going to go to college," Caggiula said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "He kept reiterating that, 'at 16 years old, we’re not going to be that great. But at 17, we’re going to be a little bit better, but not great. But at 18 and 19, those are going to be your big years and we’re going to have a really good team and we’re going to surround you with good players.’ I mean, that’s two years in the future so it’s hard to really see that.

"Looking back at it now, the players that I could have played with, they had some pretty talented players go through Erie. Even Dylan Larkin was an Erie draft pick and ended up going to Michigan. It could have been a pretty talented team there so it’s kind of funny to see how it all works out. We’re all here today coming from different paths so it’s pretty cool.”

Any chirps from the guys about his decision now?

“Yeah, Connor [McDavid] used to make fun of me all the time, you know? ‘Oh, we would have won the Memorial Cup if you would have joined the team!’ and all that sort of stuff," Caggiula joked. "We talk about it a little bit just here and there saying, ‘what a team we could have had and imagine who we would have been playing with and now we’re all here together. What if we all would have started in Erie together and now we’re here together?’ It just would have been a pretty cool story. It’s obviously something that we can’t control but it’s definitely something that you can look back at and laugh at.”

Check out the interview in the video above.

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Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

When Jeremy Colliton was hired as the Blackhawks head coach in November of 2018, he immediately became the youngest NHL bench boss at age 33. In fact, he was even younger than some of the guys he was coaching (Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, to name a few).

It was a weird dynamic at first, but quickly normalized once the locker room realized how bright of a hockey mind Colliton had/has.

Calvin de Haan offers a unique perspective. After being acquired by the Blackhawks in the summer, an interesting storyline was brought to light. He and Colliton actually played together during the 2011-12 season with the New York Islanders organization, where Colliton served as the captain of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

While he may not have expected it to come this quickly, de Haan isn't surprised to see Colliton behind an NHL bench at such a young age.

"Looking back on it now, you realize that he has the qualities to be a successful coach," de Haan said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "Smart guy, very methodical I don't envision him being a yeller or a screamer but he was a guy who always kind of spoke and everyone kind of listened. I'm assuming it's going to translate to his coaching style and just judging by his personality you can see why he's climbed the ranks pretty quick. I'm really excited to play for him."

Check out the interview in the video above.

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