Blackhawks sign coach Quenneville to 3-year extension

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each scored two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Winning has its privileges, apparently.

In the case of Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, three Stanley Cup championships in eight seasons bought him the comfort of job security. The Blackhawks announced a three-contract extension for their man behind the bench Tuesday.

Financial terms were not immediately available.

Via Blackhawks official release:

Quenneville is in his eighth season with the Blackhawks after being named the 37th Head Coach in franchise history on Oct. 16, 2008. He is the only active coach to have led a team to three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013 and 2015) and is currently one win shy of tying Al Arbour as the second-winningest coach in league history.

In Quenneville’s 580 regular-season games behind the Blackhawks bench, the team has compiled a record of 343-168-69. His regular-season points percentage of .651 is the best in Chicago franchise history, while his .624 postseason winning percentage (73-44) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940. Under his leadership, the Blackhawks claimed the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy as the regular-season points leader, in addition to the 2013 and 2015 Jennings Trophies as the team with the fewest goals allowed during the regular season.

Quenneville’s extension will take him through the 2019-20 season.

He could match Arbour for second on the NHL’s all-time coaching wins list with 782 as early as Tuesday night when the Blackhawks host the Nashville Predators.

The Blackhawks currently sit in second place in the Central Division with a 27-13-4 record.

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