Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joel Quenneville
Joel Quenneville was the Toronto Maple Leafs' first choice (21st overall) in the 1978 Entry Draft. Quenneville's career spanned 13 NHL seasons totaling 803 games with stops in Toronto, Colorado, New Jersey, Hartford, and Washington.

Quenneville spent his junior career with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey Association. His initial junior season became such a struggle that he figured a professional career was out of the question. It was at that time that Quenneville had thoughts of a career in medicine. His game eventually improved and his three seasons of junior were capped off when, in his last season, he was named an OHA Second Team All-Star in 1978.

Quenneville spent parts of two seasons with the Leafs until he was traded with popular Leaf winger Lanny McDonald during the 1979-80 season. Leaf General Manager Punch Imlach sent Quenneville and McDonald to the Colorado Rockies for Wilf Paiement and Pat Hickey.

The bulk of Quenneville's NHL career was spent with the Hartford where he was twice named the Whalers' most valuable defenseman.

Quenneville returned to the organization where it all started signing a free agent contract with Toronto and spending the 1991-92 season as a player-coach with their minor league affiliate in St. John's. He ended his playing career after one season with the baby Leafs. Quenneville spent the next season as head coach Mark Crawford's assistant at St. John's.

After spending the 1993-94 campaign as head coach of the AHL's Springfield Indians he was reunited with Mark Crawford when Crawford asked him to join the staff of the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant. While on Crawford's staff he played a large role in the Avalanche's first ever Stanley Cup victory in 1995-96.

On January 7, 1997 he appointed the 19th head coach in St. Louis Blues history. He guided the Blues to a franchise record 114 points during the 1999-2000 season and was the recipient of the Jack Adams award as coach of the year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Windsor Blues OHA-B 42 11 10 21 15
1975-76 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 66 15 33 48 61
1976-77 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 65 19 59 78 169 9 6 5 11 112
1977-78 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 66 27 76 103 114 6 2 3 5 17
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 2 9 11 60 +7 6 0 1 1 4
1978-79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 16 1 10 11 10
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 1 4 5 24 -2
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 35 5 7 12 26 -21
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 71 10 24 34 86 -24
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 64 5 10 15 55 -29
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 5 12 17 46 -13
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 5 8 13 95 -11
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 6 16 22 96 -15
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 71 5 20 25 83 +21 10 0 2 2 12
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 37 3 7 10 24 +7 6 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 77 1 8 9 44 -13 6 0 2 2 2
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 69 4 7 11 32 +3 4 0 3 3 4
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 1 4 5 34 +9
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 9 1 0 1 0 -8
1990-91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 59 6 13 19 58 6 1 1 2 6
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 73 7 23 30 58 16 0 1 1 10
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL
1993-94 Springfield Indians AHL
1994-1997 Colorado Avalanche NHLMGNT
1997-2000 St. Louis Blues NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 803 54 136 190 705 32 0 8 8 22


OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1978)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1992)
Jack Adams Award (2000)
Traded to Colorado by Toronto with Lanny McDonald for Pat Hickey and Wilf Paiement, December 29, 1979. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Traded to Calgary by New Jersey with Steve Tambellini for Phil Russell and Mel Bridgman, June 20, 1983. Traded to Hartford by Calgary with Richie Dunn for Mickey Volcan, July 5, 1983.
Missed majority of the 1986-87 due to shoulder injury vs. Boston, December 18, 1986. Traded to Washington by Hartford for cash, October 3, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 30, 1991.
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