Today in Hockey History: Chicago Blackhawks Joel Quenneville Passes Al Arbour

Joel Quenneville

Hockey is finally back! Normally we’d be in the closing in on the mid-way point of the regular season, however, we’re in a different world. Last Word on Hockey is still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for January 14th, featuring Joel Quenneville.

Today in Hockey History

Joel Quenneville Moves to Second on Win List

2016: The Chicago Blackhawks coach passes Al Arbour for second on the all-time coaching wins list. Chicago gets a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to get the milestone. Quenneville competed against Arbour’s teams during the New York Islanders four straight Stanley Cups form 1980-83.

The Blackhawks bench boss leads his team to three Stanley Cups from 2009-2015. However, he is fired on Nov. 8, 2018 after a 6-6-3 start. The Florida Panthers hire him in April 2019 and he’s their current coach.

Other Notable Events

1922: Sprague Cleghorn and brother Odie Cleghorn each score four goals in the Montreal’s 10-6 win against the visiting Hamilton Tigers. It’s the first time brothers have scored four times each in a game.

1936: New York Rangers coach Lester Patrick wins his 200th game as a coach in a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Maroons. Patrick has been the Rangers’ coach since the team’s inception in 1926.

1943: Alex Smart is the first player to get a hat trick in his debut in the Habs 5-1 win over the Black Hawks. Smart plays eight games and scores five goals before returning to senior hockey.

1962: Detroit Red Wings goalie Terry Sawchuk becomes the first goalie to win 300 games with the club. He helps the Red Wings top the Rangers, 2-1.

1971: Boston Bruins forward Phil Esposito gets his fifth hat trick of the season to set a record at the time. Esposito also has three assists in a 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

1984: Islanders’ forward Mike Bossy scores his 400th goal in a 4-2 win over the Rangers. He becomes the fastest to the mark before Wayne Gretzky breaks it.

1988: Denis Potvin becomes the first defenceman to score 300 career goals in the Isles’ 8-5 win over the Quebec Nordiques. Potvin scores on the power play and retires with 310 at the end of the season.

2006: Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht each score three goals in the Buffalo Sabres 10-1 rout of the Kings. It’s the first time Buffalo gets double digits in nearly 13 years.

Happy Birthday to You

1904: Babe Siebert

1948: Valeri Kharlamov

1964: Sergei Nemchinov

1965: Bob Essensa

1979: Nick Boynton

1994: Connor Brown

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