LATEST | Disgraced coach to meet with Gary Bettman regarding potential NHL return

Published May 19, 2023 at 2:41 PM

After being out of the NHL for nearly 19 months, former Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville is reportedly going to be meeting with Gary Bettman about a potential return behind the bench.

Quennville, 64, stepped down as Head Coach of the Florida Panthers in October 2021 after the results of an independent investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Kyle Beach toward Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich, which dated back to 2010. According to a report, Quenneville, as well as management staff, wanted to wait until after the 2010 playoffs before they took any action because he didn't want a distraction to his group ahead of the Stanley Cup Final.

In order to return to the National Hockey League and be reinstated by Commissioner Gary Bettman, Quenneville needed to meet certain criteria in order to even be considered. The meeting between Bettman and Quenneville will occur after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Windsor native was a Head Coach at the NHL level for parts of 25 seasons with St. Louis, Colorado, Chicago and Florida. Quenneville won three Stanley Cups during his time with the Chicago Blackhawks and currently sits second on the all-time coaching wins list with 969 wins, only behind Scotty Bowman who had 1,244 during his legendary career.

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LATEST | Disgraced coach to meet with Gary Bettman regarding potential NHL return

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