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Only 461 Wins Needed For Joel Quenneville To Catch Scotty Bowman

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is within sight of legendary Scotty Bowman on the National Hockey League’s all-time regular-season wins list.

Provided he uses a telescope.

Quenneville’s 782 victories, before Thursday’s Bell Centre game against the Canadiens, had him 462 behind Bowman, gazing at the latter’s far-away 1,244.

Even if they never meet atop the list, the two coaches do have a few links, beginning with the fact their maiden NHL victories were earned behind the bench of the St. Louis Blues, both coming as in-season replacements.

Bowman’s first win came with the 1967-68 expansion club, the team he would coach for 58 games that season and 238 in all through 1970-71 before his path was charted to greatness with the Canadiens, then into Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Detroit and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Quenneville won his first with the Blues in 1996-97. Q, as he’s nicknamed by many — gratefully so, by character-squeezed headline writers — coached another six-plus seasons in St. Louis before moving on to Colorado for three.

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