Quenneville hits new milestone

Quenneville hits new milestone
December 17, 2013, 11:30 pm
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CSN Staff

Coach Joel Quenneville hit a new milestone on Tuesday, becoming the fourth winningest coach in NHL history following the Blackhawks' 3-1 victory in Nashville.

The SportsTalk Live team discussed Quenneville's achievement prior to the win against the Predators, and whether the Blackhawks' success is more about each player's raw talent or Quenneville's contributions as head coach.

"It's always a combination of both," WGN's Jordan Bernfield said. "Joel Quenneville's a great coach, he's won everywhere he's been, he's been a successful coach in the league for a long time. It's no question he's gonna get to 700 wins and well beyond it and could be second in NHL history."

Prior to Tuesday's game, Quenneville was tied with Pat Quinn with 684 wins. After the game he solely owned that fourth-place spot, behind Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins), Al Arbour (782 wins) and Dick Irvin (692 wins).

As Bernfield pointed out, there's a good chance Quenneville will continue to climb that latter up to that No. 2 spot as his career continues. But as far as catching up to Bowman goes...

"I hope I'm alive that long," Quenneville said jokingly to CSN's David Kaplan during the Blackhawks Convention.

"No, I'll never catch him."