Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Quenneville not aiming for Bowman's record
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is working his way up the NHL's all-time coaching career wins ladder, but he doesn't have any plans on trying to break Scotty Bowman's record.
"Scotty? I don't think my wife would even consider that for a minute," Quenneville said while laughing on Tuesday.
Bowman, who is now a Blackhawks hockey operations special advisor, leads the NHL with 1,244 career regular-season coaching wins. Quenneville moved into a tie Sunday with Mike Keenan for fifth place with 672 wins.
Quenneville is on pace to jump into third place on the list this season and overtake Pat Quinn's 684 wins and Dick Irvin Sr.'s 692. Al Arbour is second with 782 victories.
Quenneville deflected the credit for his success to the teams and players he has coached over the past 17 seasons. He has been with the Blackhawks since 2008 and previously coached the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche.
"I've been really fortunate where I've been," Quenneville said. "I've been in some real good situations with some great organizations, some real good teams. I've had the privilege to coach some great players as well here. It's been a great six years here in Chicago. We're very happy with where we're at.
"Whether it's the team, the players, the organization, this has been a great fit for us. When I say us, I'm talking about our family. We're just going one day at a time here, one game at a time here and we're just enjoying where we're at."
Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp spoke Tuesday about what has impressed him about Quenneville as a coach.
"In the grand scheme of things, he's very even-keeled," Sharp said. "I know he doesn't appear that way. In a course of a game, he gets quite excited. He gets very intense behind the bench. That's what we love about him. But he's very even-keeled. He knows how to manage a team. He knows how to manage players. And we look to him as our leader. No question, our team took off because of Joel, and we're real happy he can get into the top five."
Rozsival OK: Quenneville said Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival was doing "OK" after he took a puck to the mouth on Sunday and might be able to play against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.
The Oilers' David Perron was attempting to hit the puck down the ice when it flew into the Blackhawks bench and struck Rozsival in the face with 4:19 remaining in the third period. Rozsival fell to the ground and was immediately tended to by the team's medical staff. He was taken to the team's dressing room and did not return to the game.
"He's OK, he's not bad," Quenneville said. "He's lucky where he got it that it didn't cause severe damage.
"We'll see [if he can play Thursday.] We'll get him on the ice [Wednesday], hopefully he'll be fine."