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Joel Quenneville | Center

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (56) / 9/15/1958
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
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The Chicago Blackhawks' parade will be on Thursday.
"The City of Chicago is so proud of the Blackhawks, which is why we are going to throw them a celebration that only Chicago can throw - a celebration worthy of a dynasty," said Mayor Emanuel. They have plenty of practice given that this is Chicago's third Stanley Cup in six years. It will begin at Jefferson Street, go through Monroe Street, and then Michigan Avenue. Jun 16 - 6:25 PM
Source: CSN Chicago

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The Chicago Blackhawks are favorites to win the Stanley Cup again in 2016, per online bookmaker Bovada.

More specifically, Chicago is being given 7/1 odds, which are the best in the league. The New York Rangers rank second with 8/1 while Anaheim (10/1), St. Louis (12/1), and Tampa Bay (12/1) are also in the top-five. Edmonton was given 33/1 odds, which is pretty good given the squad's finish. You can likely thank the presumed addition of Connor McDavid change for that. Buffalo, Arizona, and Carolina finished last with 100/1 odds.
Jun 16 - 12:03 PM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is among those declaring that Chicago is a dynasty.

"On behalf of the city of Chicago, I am thrilled to congratulate hockey's new dynasty - the Chicago Blackahwks - on winning the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years," Emanuel said. "To do it at home in front of the world's most dedicated fans in the world makes this title that much sweeter. Be ready, Chicagoans, because in the coming days we will put on a world class celebration for a world class team." Emanuel's certainly not alone in using the word dynasty as commissioner Gary Bettman was among those to use that terms to describe the Blackhawks. Emanuel also won a bet against Tampa Bay Mayor Bob Buckhorn over the Stanley Cup that will result in Emanuel winning food and beer.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 16 - 10:32 AM

Although Chicago's salary cap situation will likely lead to the 2015-16 squad looking significantly different, Blackhawks president John McDonough isn't worried.

"We adapt to change," McDonough said. "I think right now, change is the norm for all of us. We're accustomed to it." There's certainly been a lot of turnover since Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010. After that championship, the Blackhawks were arguably in an even more difficult salary cap situation. That being said, with around $64 million in cap space committed to 14 players, Chicago will almost certainly need to make a trade or two to stay under the ceiling.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 16 - 10:20 AM

Coach Joel Quenneville was pleased with the effort he got from Antoine Vermette and Kris Versteeg in Saturday's Game 5 win over Tampa Bay.

The Hawks are now one win away from winning the Stanley Cup, and Vermette and Versteeg were a big reason why Chicago won on Saturday. "He’s gotten better every game. I thought he had a great game tonight," coach Joel Quenneville said of Vermette. "Very timely goal. Big face-offs in both zones tonight — lot of wins. Positionally aware. Battled. I thought [Versteeg] had a great game as well."
Jun 14 - 9:23 AM

The Lightning will be in tough against the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night even if the contest is in Tampa.

Since 2008 when Joel Quenneville took over as coach of the Hawks, Chicago has a 30-30 record in games 1-3 of playoff series'. However, in games 4-7, the Hawks are an amazing 41-14. That is what is facing the upstart Bolts when the face off against the Blackhawks Saturday night at home.
Jun 13 - 8:53 AM

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is on the verge of a rare milestone, as Game 2 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final will mark his 200th career postseason bench appearance.

The NHL notes that only two other coaches ever hit that mark: Scotty Bowman (353) and Al Arbour (209). That's obviously special company to be in, and it's easy to picture Coach Q sitting comfortably in second place once he retires. Quenneville is 112-87 so far in playoff contests.
Jun 6 - 1:28 PM

It looks as if the Blackhawks will ice the same lineup in Game 2 of the Cup finals as they did in Game 1.

The only thing to watch is whether Bryan Bickell is healthy enough to play. If he is, which at this point is questionable at best, he will draw in at the expense of another forward who played in Game 1. Other than that look for Kimmo Timonen, Daniel Carcillo, Joakim Nordstrom and Trevor van Riemsdyk to sit out.
Jun 6 - 12:11 PM

Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has faith that GM Stan Bowman will be able to navigate Chicago through the difficult cap issues ahead.

Chicago has reached the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in six years, but it will be difficult for the Blackhawks to continue to find this level of success. The problem is that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will start consuming a combined $21 million annually starting with the 2015-16 campaign and Chicago will be forced to make difficult sacrifices in order to stay cap compliant. Still Bowman has dealt with cap problems before and Chicago has come back from them and given Chicago's recent track record, it's easy to see why Wirtz would feel confident.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 5 - 10:45 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have a 4-4 record this postseason when they allow the first goal of the game.

Of all the teams who made the playoffs in 2015, only the Nashville Predators (1-1) had a .500 record in games where they allow the opposition to score first. "Playing catch-up against a team that was comparable [to us] the last two series, when they get the lead on you, prevent defense, tough to get through. They check well, got good sticks, they got quickness," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Basically we had to get through. But finding a way today is a good illustration of what this team's all about."
Jun 4 - 6:08 PM

It does not appear that Chicago coach Joel Quenneville will make any lineup changes for Game 7 of the Western Conference final Saturday night.

That means that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will at least start the contest together on the first line alongside Brandon Saad and that Marian Hossa will flank Brad Richards with Bryan Bickell on the other wing. The third line (Patrick Sharp-Antoine Vermette-Teuvo Teravainen) and the fourth line (Marcus Kruger-Andrew Shaw and Andrew Desjardins) will also remain intact.
May 30 - 11:05 AM

Joel Quenneville became the Blackhawks coach, Chicago is 16-0 in contests after a series is tied at 2-2.

In other words, history is on Chicago's side going into Game 5 on Monday. "Absolutely it's a good team we're playing. They play hard. These games, they're long games, they're hard games, even if it goes 60," Quenneville said. "At the same time we feel we have to get better in series and progress to go through it. One thing is, we find a way to get better each and every game. We know we needed our best game last night, and I thought we had a hell of a game last night. We're going to need a better game in Game 5 going into their building. That's the mindset." The last three games in the Western Conference Final have been determined by just one goal and two of those contests have gone to overtime.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 25 - 10:01 AM

Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville said he was very happy for Antoine Vermette after he scored the overtime winning goal on Saturday.

Quenneville made Vermette a healthy scratch in Game 3, but the coach said he was glad to see his player rebound from that. "I was very happy for him," Joel Quenneville said. "What a huge goal for him and for us. What makes our game so great is that players are so competitive, they want to play in the worst way and want more ice time, as well. You can understand where he was at, very disappointed. But he’s a great pro, stayed with it, and that line had a couple of looks in overtime and I’m glad he finished it because that was a huge, huge goal. Huge."
May 24 - 10:11 AM

Even though they have proven they can win Stanley Cups without significant power-play production, the Blackhawks would be wise to address their floundering play with the man advantage.

In the Game 3 loss, the Hawks had the man advantage five times but did not score a goal. What's worse, is that they took only one shot on goal in the 9:18 of power-play time allotted to them. Part of the problem is that Chicago had a tough time gaining the offensive zone and setting up the power play. That needs to change if the Hawks are to defeat a very tough Ducks' squad.
May 23 - 12:07 PM

The Chicago penalty-killing unit will have its hands full with Anaheim's lethal power play.

"They have two real good units. They shoot the puck, have presence at the net, good patience and play recognition and are a threat off the rush," Quenneville said. "All areas of our penalty killing have to be aware of their options, try to deter clean entries. It starts even off faceoffs. They’re dangerous in a lot of ways, so let’s make sure we don’t give them too many opportunities." Coming into this series, the Ducks have the best power play in the NHL at 31 percent, while the Hawks penalty killing unit ranks 12th this postseason at 72.7 percent.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 17 - 10:06 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Teuvo Teravainen
5Joakim Nordstrom
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Bryan Bickell
3Daniel Carcillo
4Corey Tropp
5Jeremy Morin
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Andrew Shaw
5Marko Dano
6Andrew Desjardins
7Viktor Tikhonov
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Kimmo Timonen
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5Johnny Oduya
6David Rundblad
7Michal Rozsival
8Kyle Cumiskey
9Trevor van Riemsdyk
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling