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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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Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day

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Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day

It’s National Hat Day – no better time to celebrate hat tricks in Chicago Blackhawks history.

There have been a combined total of 283 of them (263 in regular season, 20 in playoffs) since the franchise started up in the 1926-27 season.

95 different players have had at least one – including Gary Suter whose only hat trick with the Blackhawks came April 24, 1994 – in a playoff game.

The first hat trick in Blackhawks history was by George Hay on Feb. 19, 1927 – the 32nd game in franchise history. It was his only hat trick with the Blackhawks.

The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull had the most with 30 (28 in regular season, two in playoffs). He also holds the franchise record with four hat tricks in a single season, which he pulled off twice – 1959-60 as well as 1965-66. Stan Mikita is next with 16 career hat tricks (all in regular season).

On January 31, 1963, both Bobby Hull AND Stan Mikita (the first of Stan’s career) recorded a Hat Trick… one of seven times (six regular season, one in playoffs) that multiple Blackhawks tallied a hat trick in the same game. A pair of Blackhawks brothers – Max and Doug Bentley – each had a hat trick on Feb. 26, 1947. The last time a pair of Blackhawks scored three goals each was March 9, 2003 – Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze.

Of the 276 games in Blackhawks history in which a Blackhawks player had a hat trick, the Blackhawks have won 233, lost 30 and tied 13, including 7-0 when multiple Blackhawks accomplish the feat.

The youngest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick is Jeremy Roenick (19 years, 340 days) on Dec. 23, 1989. The oldest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick was Kenny Wharram (35 years, 267 days) on March 26, 1969.

Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks player to collect a hat trick on his birthday (Dec. 27, 2013).

Two Blackhawks have had a hat trick in a season opener

Bobby Hull          Oct. 23, 1965

Brandon Saad    Oct. 5, 2017

Three times a Blackhawks player had a hat trick in consecutive games (including once in the playoffs)

Doug Bentley     March 28-30, 1944 (playoffs)

Stan Mikita         Dec. 4-5, 1965

Brian Noonan    Dec. 27-29, 1991 (he scored four in the second game)

Two Blackhawks had a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final

Pit Martin            May 10, 1973 vs. Canadiens

Dirk Graham       June 1, 1992 vs. Penguins

Improbably, the Blackhawks lost both of these games.

Denis Savard has a franchise record three playoff hat tricks.

Bill Kendall’s hat trick on Dec. 17, 1933, were the first three goals of his NHL career.

Many Blackhawks have recorded a Hat Trick plus one (a four-goal game) but only one has had five. Grant Mulvey on Feb. 3, 1982.

How many hats have been thrown on the ice as a result of Blackhawks hat tricks? That we’ll never know, but hats off to all of the Blackhawks who, by scoring three or more goals in a game, have made this hat trick celebration necessary.

 

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Hawks Talk Podcast: The 'Patrick Kane is Really Good' Podcast

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Hawks Talk Podcast: The 'Patrick Kane is Really Good' Podcast

Despite an ugly loss to the New Jersey Devils, Patrick Kane once again stood out and proved he is still one of the game’s best players. Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Charlie Roumeliotis debate whether Kane is having a better season than he did in 2016 when he won the Hart trophy as the league’s MVP and break down the Blackhawks’ much-improved power play – which Kane has dominated.

Plus, would Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook be willing to waive their no-movement clauses and accept a trade outside of Chicago?

0:30 – Is Patrick Kane having a better season than his Hart campaign in 2016?

4:00 – Kane has single-handedly transformed the Blackhawks power play

7:00 – Kane gets it done no matter who is on his line or what the team’s circumstances are

9:15 – Why Kane could explode in next two games vs Rangers and Capitals

11:50 – Blackhawks power play scoring in six straight games

14:30 – No more Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook on the power play?

17:30 – More concerned with depth scoring or lack of foot-speed by Hawks defense?

18:45 – Hawks can patch up some of those concerns in free agency

21:00 – What does this defense core look like next season?

24:00 – Would Keith or Seabrook be willing to accept a trade?

27:30 – Is it time to start using the word “tank” if it nets you Jack Hughes?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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