The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they will hold a “major press conference” at 3 p.m. Friday, prior to their annual convention. A source told CSNChicago.com it will be to announce a contract extension for coach Joel Quenneville when general manager Stan Bowman addresses the media tomorrow afternoon at the Hilton Chicago.
The news isn’t a surprise: Bowman has said for weeks now that the Blackhawks wanted to extend Quenneville, who will enter the final year of his current deal in the upcoming season.
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For the Blackhawks, it’s the smart call. Quenneville’s record speaks for itself, and so do the two Stanley Cups he has now won as the club’s head coach. President John McDonough spoke of Quenneville’s work moments after the Blackhawks’ Game 6 victory in Boston last month.
“Joel is the ultimate winner,” McDonough said moments after the Blackhawks claimed their second Cup in the past four seasons. “Joel is going to be a Hall of Fame coach. He’s one of the winningest coaches in the NHL. We’re fortunate he’s a Chicago Blackhawk.”
Bowman has talked about a Quenneville extension since this latest successful season ended. At prospects camp two weeks ago, he said getting a deal done prior to training camp’s start was a priority.
“It’s always good to get those things done in the summer time and clear the deck and focus on hockey in the fall,” he said.
Tune in to Comcast SportsNet or CSNChicago.com at 3 p.m. Friday for all the Blackhawks' press conference coverage.