Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Coaching Olympics interests Quenneville
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday he would be interested in coaching in the Olympics if given the chance.
"Yeah, it'd be great," Quenneville said after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "I think the Canadians, they've done an outstanding job, that staff. I commend them on what they've accomplished over the last couple of Olympics. They've been perfect. I'm happy for them."
Canada has won the men's hockey gold medal in the past two Olympics. Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was Canada's head coach both times.
The Canadian-born Quenneville also holds citizenship in the U.S., but he isn't sure his allegiance to Canada would allow him to coach the U.S. in the Olympics if asked.
"I don't know," Quenneville said with a smile. "We'll see. I'm a Canadian. I don't know if that's ... We'll see."
The 55-year-old Quenneville ranks third all-time among NHL coaches with 695 wins. Only Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins) and Al Arbor (782 wins) have more victories than the Blackhawks coach, who has also won two Stanley Cups.