Quenneville Didn't Connect With Younger Players

Joel Quenneville was fired Tuesday, and his inability to connect with – and develop – younger players was a big reason why

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 07, 2018 - 9:47 am

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Joel Quenneville, who won three Stanley Cups for the Chicago Blackhawks, was fired Tuesday and replaced by 33-year-old Jeremy Colliton.

So, in review, the Blackhawks fired the longest-tenured head coach in hockey and hired someone who has never coached in the NHL.

Hmm, interesting.

“That’s kind of the thought here as well,” Chicago’s 670 The Score host Nick Shepkowski said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “You bring a 33-year-old into a room where you have Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, who’s been around the league for quite some time now, and Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith have kind of been the lifeblood of this team. And now you bring in a younger coach.”

The Blackhawks hope that Colliton will do a better job of connecting with – and developing – younger players.

“That was one of the knocks on Quenneville,” Shepkowski said. “His development, some of his relationships with the younger players, wasn’t up to snuff. I'm not going to say that Joel Quenneville is innocent in all of this. His future wasn’t good in Chicago as it kind of was. The (players’) relationship with Quenneville wasn’t so great.”