Blackhawks give Quenneville extension

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks have rewarded head coach Joel Quenneville with a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Chicago through the 2013-14 season.

The Blackhawks defeated the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals this past spring to end a 49-year championship drought.

"This is an exciting day for my family and I. Chicago is a place we are proud to call home and the Blackhawks organization is one we feel fortunate to be a part of," Quenneville said Thursday at a press conference. "Winning the Stanley Cup was a special season for all of us involved and I am looking forward to more opportunities in the years to come."

Quenneville has been behind the bench in Chicago since October 16, 2008, when he was announced as the in-season replacement for Denis Savard.

During his time as coach of the Blackhawks, he has a record of 97-44-19 during the regular season and has won six of the seven playoff rounds he has coached.

Quenneville started his head coaching career with St. Louis in 1996, where he spent eight seasons. He also was the head man in Colorado for three seasons. The Windsor, Ontario, native has posted a 535-327-137 overall record.

His 999 games behind the bench as a head coach ranks fourth among active bench bosses.

"Having Joel on board for the future was always a top priority for us as an organization," Chicago vice president and general manager Stan Bowman said. "His winning attitude is contagious with our players and support staff and I am confident his contract extension will help solidify the Blackhawks as an elite team on the ice for years to come."

Quenneville played 13 seasons as a defenceman in the league. He scored 54 goals, dished out 136 assists, and recorded 705 penalty minutes in 803 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1979-80), Colorado Rockies (1980-82), New Jersey Devils (1982-83), Hartford Whalers (1983-90), and Washington Capitals (1990-91).


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