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Joel Quenneville to be next featured guest on CSN's monthly interview series 'Inside Look'

Joel Quenneville to be next featured guest on CSN's monthly interview series 'Inside Look'

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HEAD COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle & featuring Joel Quenneville to debut Wednesday, January 16 at 9:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (January 14, 2013) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Wednesday, January 16 at 9:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks head coach JOEL QUENNEVILLE. Coach Q, who led the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup title after 49 years in 2010, discusses everything from how he went from being an NHL player to the coaching ranks, the excitement of being a part of the teams rebuilding plans, the love and support of his family and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Joel Quenneville on the following datestimes: Thu, Jan. 17 at 9:30pm - Mon, Jan. 21 at 9pm - Wed, Jan. 23 at 12:30pm - Sun, Jan. 27 at 4pm - Tue, Jan. 29 at 11:30pm & Thu, Jan. 31 at 11pm. (Schedule subject to change)

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Joel Quenneville presented by Cadillac premiering Wednesday, January 16 on Comcast SportsNet:

QUENNEVILLE on when he decided to become a coach:

I look at all of my former teammates, and theyd say 'the least likely guy to be a coach!' I was probably a character back in the day. There were several guys when we were in Hartford that turned out they're coaching in today's game and are in the NHL todayyou can go down the list of almost every roster and see a former Whaler on a coaching staff and organization at the NHL level. In my last year (as a player), I was sent down from Washington to play most of that year in Baltimore, and realized that I'm going to have to get a real job next year and did some work in the off-season preparing for life after hockey, but in the summer, I went to Roger's (Neilson) coaching clinic in Windsor and began looking around. Cliff Leture game me a job as a playerassistant coach on a new farm team in Toronto, St. John'sNewfoundland. I got a chance to work with Marc Crawford, and been fortunate along the way.

QUENNEVILLE on being a major factor in the Blackhawks renaissance:

Both (Blackhawks President & CEO) John (McDonough) and (Blackhawks Chairman) Rocky (Wirtz) did an amazing job right from the outset. They put a lot of things in placethe staffing, the right peopleand the enthusiasm seems to be contagious throughout not just the organization, but the entire city on what's coming is going to be excitingthe enthusiasm was real. I think the one thing is Rocky and John initially were like 'do your thing' and it was fun to be walking right off that bat, knowing there's a lot of great people around here, but at the end of the day, you trust your instincts and do what you do. But the support was always therethere are a lot of nice things about playing & being a Blackhawk.

QUENNEVILLE on his familys adjustment to life in Chicago:

Weve always been together. A lot of coaches knowing the transition and disruptions in the middle of the years, they sometimes stay apart, but weve always hung together and its always been helpful.

Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Shots and slashes

Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Shots and slashes

It’s preseason: you don’t need a lot of build-up. Let’s just delve right in, shall we?

1. Lots of shots, but…

The same Joonas Korpisalo that the Blackhawks’ youngsters scored five goals against on Tuesday was on top of his game on Saturday. The Blackhawks peppered him with 54 shots but only two got through, and the second was a 6-on-4 power-play goal in the final two minutes.

“I thought we could have gotten a little more traffic in front of him," Nick Schmaltz said. "I thought we were playing along the outside. I mean we had some great looks. He made some big saves. Some nights you get the bounces and some nights you don’t.”

2. Bérubé’s Blackhawks debut.

Jean-François Bérubé had a tough sequence early in the second period, when he gave up two goals in a 28-second span. This was against a Columbus team that didn’t send many of their top players. He also didn’t see a ton of action in this one; the Blue Jackets fired just 21 shots his way.

3. Growing pains.

Alex DeBrincat had his up and down moments on Saturday night. His turnover led to Columbus’ first goal, he took a slashing penalty and he fought the puck quite a bit. You still saw glimpses of that skill, though, especially with his quick release. Hey, he’s a 19-year-old guy getting his first taste of the NHL. Nights like this are going to happen.

“We all make mistakes,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You gotta be safe in certain areas and you learn from that.”

4. Slash-o-meter.

Four more were called on Saturday night. Don’t be surprised if that number starts dwindling sooner rather than later, though, because the edict has apparently changed already. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported earlier on Saturday that the league told officials to ease up on slashing and faceoff violations. But we all figure that’s going to happen once the regular season begins anyway, right?

5. Notre Dame bound.

The destination is familiar but the Blackhawks threw it into their second week of camp this season. It’ll be bonding time for the Blackhawks, who will send a smaller group for several practices there this week. Quenneville figures it’ll be a productive time. “We’ll get some bonding in, play golf together, have a nice outing, couple of road games and a nice campus.”

Nick Schmaltz's confidence, hold on second-line center, continues to grow

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Nick Schmaltz's confidence, hold on second-line center, continues to grow

Nick Schmaltz seemed to be everywhere the puck was on Saturday night. Great pursuit of the puck, great passes to Patrick Kane or Alex DeBrincat and an all-around confidence that’s becoming more apparent by the game.

So has coach Joel Quenneville seen what he’s needed to from Schmaltz at second-line center?

“And more.”

It’s been a pretty impressive showing for Schmaltz this month. The 21-year-old has played in all three of the Blackhawks’ preseason games and keeps getting better in each one. The uncertainty Schmaltz understandably showed as a rookie is gone; the NHL game no longer feels uncomfortable.

“I feel like the game’s slowing down for me, just seeing plays,” Schmaltz said. “I know what I’m doing with the puck before I get it. It feels good and just trying to get better every day.”

Schmaltz and his fellow second liners didn’t connect for goals in the Blackhawks 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The three combined for 12 of the Blackhawks’ 54 shots on goal – Kane and DeBrincat each had five – and the chemistry continues to build between the three.

Jonathan Toews talked on Saturday morning of how much more relaxed Schmaltz looks with the puck now, and that was evident again later that night.

“He’s really starting to get comfortable physically at this level,” Toews said. “He thinks the game so well, puts himself in good spots, much like Kaner where he can skate with the puck and use his speed. He has his head up so he backs guys off. Those two were making great plays tonight and Brinksy was fitting in well. They couldn’t buy a goal but Schmaltzy’s getting better and better, and you’re’ seeing that calm poise that he has really come out the more he gets comfortable.”

Schmaltz was likely getting a second-line audition in some capacity this fall; the original thought was at left wing in the wake of Artemi Panarin’s trade. But Schmaltz has always felt at his best at center. He’s showing that. And more.

“It’s always fun to play no matter if it’s preseason or regular season," he said. "I’m always happy to play, especially when you’re playing with great players. I feel like I’m more comfortable in the middle, able to use my speed a little bit more, create more offense that way.

"I think it’s going well. Wherever I end up, I’ll be happy.”