The Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday, ending a wildly successful run that produced three Stanley Cup titles and returned the franchise to the top of the NHL after years of heartache.
The trouble for Quenneville began when Chicago was swept by Nashville in the first round of the 2017 playoffs after the Blackhawks finished with the best record in the Western Conference. Then they missed the playoffs entirely last season for the first time in a decade.
With the Blackhawks struggling again, general manager Stan Bowman had enough. He dismissed Quenneville and assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Jeremy Colliton was hired as the 38th head coach in franchise history and Barry Smith was added as an assistant.
“After much deliberation the last several days, with great respect to what Joel has meant to the Blackhawks, we knew we had to make a change,” Bowman said in a statement.
Chicago (6-6-3) has dropped five in a row heading into Thursday's game against Carolina. The power play has been an issue for years, and the Blackhawks have struggled defensively as well.