Coach Q lands contract in Chicago

On October 15, 2008, the Chicago Blackhawk’s front office signed head coach Joel Quenneville, starting a new era for the team.

When Quenneville replaced former head coach and hall of famer Denis Savard nobody could have predicted the two Stanley Cup Championships in three years or the number of Hawks players in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In ’08 the team already boasted players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane, but the team was missing a coach to seal the deal. The Hawks finished the 2007-08 season 40-32. Sure, Corey Crawford was in the net but if pieces are missing, the puzzle is not complete. The next year the team won 46 and lost 24.

The 2009-10 Hawks were 52-22. The Stanley Cup even found a home in the Windy City. The team went to the playoffs the next season and in 2012-13 the team broke the record for consecutive points to start off a season. The Hawks took the Cup home in 2013 and ’15.

Ever since Coach Q showed up the team has been on top of their game. Despite a slow start this season, the Blackhawks have a chance to be the first team to win back to back championships in the salary cap era. The cap makes it especially difficult for teams to win consecutive championships because players  get moved to keep the teams salary total under an amount predetermined by the league.

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