Chicago Coach Joel Quenneville Hits 700-Win Milestone

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 20, 2014

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 19:  Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks got his 700th career win against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on March 19, 2014  in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 4-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With Wednesday's 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks became the third coach in NHL history to notch 700 regular-season triumphs, per ESPN Stats & Info. To date, only Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Al Arbour (782) have recorded more NHL coaching wins than Quenneville.

Overall, Quenneville has recorded a W-L-T-OTL mark of 700-404-77-100 as an NHL head coach since making his debut in that capacity with the Blues near the midpoint of the 1996-97 campaign.

Prior to being let go by the Blues well into the 2003-04 season, Quenneville compiled 307 wins behind the St. Louis bench, earning the Jack Adams Trophy in the process as the NHL's coach of the year for his efforts during the 1999-2000 campaign.

After a three-season stint coaching the Colorado Avalanche from 2005-06 to 2007-08, Quenneville joined the Blackhawks organization as a scout in September of 2008.

But it wasn't long before he was behind the bench again. Quenneville became Chicago's head coach on Oct. 16, 2008, replacing Denis Savard.

Since then, the 55-year-old Quenneville has led the team to the NHL playoffs in each of the past five seasons. During that span, he led the 2009-10 Blackhawks to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship since 1960-61.

Moreover, when the Blackhawks reclaimed the NHL title last season, Quenneville became the first coach in franchise history to lead the team to two Stanley Cups.