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Hawks to extend Joel Quenneville

The Chicago Blackhawks will announce a contract extension for coach Joel Quenneville on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Quenneville's current contract runs through the 2013-14 season. The Blackhawks signed him to a three-year extension in 2010 after he led the team to its first Stanley Cup since 1961. He had one year remaining on a three-year contract he signed when he took the Blackhawks' job four games into the 2008-09 season after Denis Savard was fired.

Quenneville has a 222-106-44 regular-season record and has won two Stanley Cups in five seasons with the Blackhawks.

"I think Joel has done a tremendous job looking back at the years he's been here," general manager Stan Bowman said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000 in June. "The record speaks for itself. He's really got a great handle on pushing the right buttons and looking back on his whole career, he's had success everywhere he's been. It's just a great fit for us in Chicago.

"His demeanor, his approach with our team, he has a great feel for our players. He understands how to get it done but also he's a perfect mix of being a tough coach but also respecting the players. I think they like playing for him and the results speak for themselves."

Quenneville and Bowman said at the team's prospect camp in July they'd like to reach an agreement on a contract prior to training camp in September.

"We certainly like being here," Quenneville said in July. "We've liked our time here in Chicago. It's been a lot of thrills, a lot of excitement. We like everything surrounding the quality of life, being a part of, I guess, the sporting situation here in town. We love the organization. There's a lot of positives in all aspects of being here, so hopefully things can work out."