10:05 ET Emily Kaplan ESPN Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday. Quenneville, who won three Stanley Cups with…
Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday.
Quenneville, who won three Stanley Cups with Blackhawks, was the longest sealed NHL coach. Qunneville is the second winning coach of the NHL story, behind Scotty Bowman. He had been with the team since 2008.
Chicago called his AHL coach, Jeremy Colliton as a new coach. Colliton, 33, becomes the youngest head coach of NHL.
Owner Rocky Wirtz released a statement saying that the team participated with Quenneville, 60, with his “full support”.
“As Chicago Blackhawk fans have seen over the past decade, this organization will no longer be away from making tough decisions or those based on emotions,” Wirtz said. “These days are long behind us. Joel was obviously hard as it should have been.” During his time as head coach of Chicago Blackhawks, Joel took the city of Chicago and our fans three Stanley Cups and an incredible era of hockey. “
Last The season missed the Blackhawk playoff for the first time in a decade. They were without starting goaltender Corey Crawford for most of the season. In 201
8-19, Crawford returned but the Blackhawks returned 6-6-3, the second worst record in the Central Division. After a quick start they have only taken one of the possible 10 points.
Blackhawks also fired assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Barry Smith, 66, was appointed assistant coach at Colliton’s staff.
“This is really a very difficult decision,” said Stan Bowman, General Manager, in a statement. “But I think it is in the best interests of the Blackhawk organization. We must maximize every opportunity with our playoff goals in mind and create continued growth and development throughout our schedule. After much discussion in recent days, with great respect for what Joel has meant for Blackhawks, we knew we had to make a change. Along with our appreciation of everything Joel has done for our franchise, we also thank Kevin and Ulf for their many contributions and wish them success in the future. “
Last season there were no in-season coaching changes in NHL for the first time since the Original Six expansion. Quenneville’s departure marks the second firing in a week. Los Angeles Kings fired the coach John Stevens over the weekend and replaced him with Willie Desjardins. 19659004] Collition was in his second season as Rockford Ice Hog’s head coach, Blackhawk’s top team. Rockford made it his first AHL Western Conference Finals last season.
Before the Blackhawks organization, Colliton spent four seasons as head coach of Mora IK in Sweden (HockeyAllsvenskan).
Collition was a second-round Pick (58th overall) of New York Islanders in the NHL draft 2003. He performed in 57 NHL games over five seasons with Islanders, recording three goals and three assists.