The Florida Panthers have hired Joel Quenneville as their new head coach.
Quenneville’s resume is second to none among active coaches trailing only Scotty Bowman on the NHL’s all-time wins list, and his contract with Florida will be worth more than $30 million over five years depending on bonuses potentially making him the league’s highest-paid coach.
Quenneville already has a working relationship with Panthers GM Dale Tallon, who hired him to coach the Chicago Blackhawks back in 2008-09.
“Joel is a three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach who will be a transformative leader for the Florida Panthers franchise,” said Tallon. “We’ve seized the opportunity to add one of the most successful head coaches in hockey history and we’re thrilled that Joel has agreed to take on the challenge of leading our promising young team. I’ve worked with Joel previously and have seen firsthand how his passion for the game, head coaching experience and leadership can impact an organization. Joel will accelerate our growth into a club that qualifies for the playoffs consistently and competes every year toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
Quenneville has over 20 years of NHL head coaching experience with the St. Louis Blues (1996-97 to 2003-04), Colorado Avalanche (2005-06 to 2007-08) and Chicago Blackhawks (2008-09 to 2018-19). He has an 890-532-77-137 record as a head coach in the NHL. His 890 regular season wins as an NHL head coach are the second most in NHL history.
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has a 118-97 record over 215 postseason contests as head coach and earned three Stanley Cup victories in Chicago.
Quenneville will be replacing Bob Boughner after a two-year stint behind the Panthers bench.