“Ultimately, it’s about winning. I have to earn their trust by them believing I can help them win, that I can help them be better individually… After today, I don’t think it will be an issue.” – Jeremy Colliton, Chicago Blackhawks coach
The Blackhawks fired Quenneville and also assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Barry Smith has been hired to replace one of the vacant assistant spots and they are currently working to fill the other remaining void.
Colliton has big shoes to fill as Quenneville logged 890 coaching wins in the NHL which is second on the all-time list. Quenneville is not expected to be unemployed for long considering his very impressive coaching resume.
Blackhawks players are blaming themselves for the loss of their beloved coach and are understandably down for the time being. But players say they’re open to being part of a new chapter in the Blackhawks’ history books.
“From what I hear and what I’ve seen so far, he, Jeremy Colliton brings a lot of, I guess, youthful energy to the game and I think he’s got a lot of experience on the ice as well and I think understands how to get through to young guys and get through to each player and get the best out of them. I’ve heard nothing but good things from the guys that played for him in Rockford last year.” – Jonathon Toews, Chicago Blackhawks captain
The Blackhawks next game is Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.