The Chicago Blackhawks will make sure the man who has led their team to two Stanley Cups in four years will remain at the helm: They've apparently reached an extension with Joel Quenneville, with a press conference scheduled for Friday.
The 51-year-old had one year remaining on his contract and made it clear he wanted a new deal quickly after the Blackhawks won the Cup in June. Apparently, he's got it, although it's not clear what the terms of the new contract are.
Coach Q has seen unprecedented success with the Hawks: After missing the playoffs in nine of 10 years before he took over and failing to get out of the first round for 13 seasons, the Blackhawks won their first title since 1961 in Quenneville's second year on the job in 2010. After a pair of first-round exits in 2011 and 2012, the Blackhawks didn't lose any of their first 30 games and ended up winning the Cup again, earning Quenneville an extension.
Quenneville is the current leader in games won (660) and playoff wins (81) among active coaches. Before Chicago, he'd coached eight years with the St. Louis Blues and three with the Colorado Avalanche, and although he made the conference finals with each squad, he never got further. He is 222-97-44 in his time in Chicago and is the only coach in franchise history to win two Stanley Cups. He had one year remaining on his contract, but the terms of his new deal are unknown.