Blackhawks fire Joel Quenneville, name Jeremy Colliton new head coach

It’s the end of an era in Chicago; Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was fired by the club on Tuesday morning. 

The team announced a flurry of staffing changes early Tuesday, including the axing of Quenneville, who has been behind the bench in Chicago since 2008. He’ll be replaced by Jeremy Colliton, who becomes the 38th head coach in Blackhawks franchise history.

In addition to Quenneville’s firing, the club also parted ways with assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson, and brought in Barry Smith to serve as an assistant coach under Colliton.

Quenneville, 60, led the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups titles in a six-year span, leading many to dub the team as a modern day dynasty. However, they haven’t won a playoff series since their 2015 championship run, and they missed the playoffs completely last season for the first time under Coach Q’s reign. 

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