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Joel Quenneville Is The New Head Coach Of The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallonannounced today that the team has named Joel Quenneville as head coach of the Panthers.

"Joel is a three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach who will be a transformative leader for the Florida Panthers franchise," said Tallon. "We've seized the opportunity to add one of the most successful head coaches in hockey history and we're thrilled that Joel has agreed to take on the challenge of leading our promising young team. I've worked with Joel previously and have seen firsthand how his passion for the game, head coaching experience and leadership can impact an organization. Joel will accelerate our growth into a club that qualifies for the playoffs consistently and competes every year toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

Quenneville, 60, has over 20 years of NHL head coaching experience with the St. Louis Blues (1996-97 to 2003-04), Colorado Avalanche (2005-06 to 2007-08) and Chicago Blackhawks (2008-09 to 2018-19) organizations. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Quenneville owns an 890-532-77-137 record as a head coach in the NHL. His 890 regular season wins as an NHL head coach are the second most in NHL history.

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Quenneville has amassed a 118-97 record over 215 postseason contests as head coach. Quenneville guided the team that Tallon helped construct in Chicago to Stanley Cup victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015 during a historic 10-year run with the Blackhawks and is one of only 11 head coaches in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup on three occasions. In the salary cap era, Quenneville is the only NHL head coach to win the Stanley Cup three times.

The recipient of the 1999-00 Jack Adams Award for the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success, Quenneville helped lead the St. Louis Blues to the President's Trophy with a 51-19-11-1 record. He was named a head coach in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

Prior to his head coaching career, Quenneville served as an assistant coach for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche (1994-96), winning the 1996 Stanley Cup.

Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (21st overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft, Quenneville appeared in 803 career NHL regular season games, recording 190 points (54-136-190) with Toronto (1978-79 to 1979-80), the Colorado Rockies (1979-80 to 1981-82), New Jersey Devils (1982-83), Hartford Whalers (1983-84 to 1989-90) and Washington Capitals (1990-91).

Quenneville has been married to his wife Elizabeth since 1988 and has three children Anna, Lily and Dylan.

The new head coach of the Panthers, Quenneville, will be introduced at a media press conference on Monday at 12:00 P.M. in the Chairman's Club at BB&T Center.

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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Should of seen that one coming.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/08/19 at 08:41 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

It’s a good fit with Dale Tallon, but sort of an odd fit with the team.  Florida has some pieces, but I don’t think it’s a slam dunk they can finish in the top-5 of the Atlantic Division/top-8 of the Eastern Conference in the next year or two.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 04/08/19 at 09:32 AM ET


I think they are a lot better team then they have managed to show over the last couple of seasons. Being in the same division as Tampa, Toronto and Boston certainly isn’t helping things. Now if they can lure Panarin and Bob to South Florida, which I’m sure is still their idea, they become even more dangerous.

Posted by evileye on 04/09/19 at 12:02 PM ET

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