Thursday, February 17, 2011
Coach Joel Quenneville in 'good spirits'
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville watched his team's 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday from his hospital bed, and the victory left him in good spirits, assistant coach Mike Haviland said Thursday.
"I talked to Q late last night," said Haviland, who filled in again for Quenneville at practice on Thursday. "We talked about the game. He watched the majority of it. He was very pleased and very happy about the game.
"I know he has some tests today, but he was in really good spirits, joking and laughing on the phone. It was good to hear."
Quenneville was admitted to a hospital on Wednesday morning after being taken to the emergency room the previous night for what the Blackhawks described Thursday as gastrointestinal bleeding.
"Joel was originally admitted to the hospital early Wednesday morning due to gastrointestinal bleeding," Blackhawks head team physician Michael Terry said in a statement. "He has been stabilized, and today the cause of the bleeding was determined to be a small ulcer caused by aspirin.
"He is resting comfortably at the hospital and we anticipate him to make a full recovery and to be released in the next few days. At the appropriate time, we will update everyone regarding his release from the hospital and return to the Blackhawks bench."
Former St. Louis Blues enforcer Kelly Chase, who once played for Quenneville, spoke with his former coach.
"I had an opportunity to talk to him, and he's in great spirits," Chase said while working for Versus for its NHL studio show. "He was lighthearted. He said, 'Hey, I'm going to be in the next game.' He wants to get out of that hospital right away."
The Blackhawks host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
"I texted him after the game, and he texted me back," Chicago winger Patrick Kane said. "I think he's doing a lot better.
"You hear someone is in the hospital, you never know what's going to come of it. Good to hear he's doing better."
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.