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Blackhawks give Quenneville contract extension

The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have given head coach Joel Quenneville a three-year contract extension, the NHL team said Thursday.

Quenneville, who took charge in October 2008, led the franchise to its first Stanley Cup championship since 1961 with a six-game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in June.

During his two years in Chicago, the Blackhawks have produced a regular-season record of 97-44-19 and won six of seven playoff rounds.

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"Winning the Stanley Cup was a special season for all of us involved and I am looking forward to more opportunities in the years to come," Quenneville said in a statement.

"This is an exciting day for my family and me. Chicago is a place we are proud to call home and the Blackhawks organization is one we feel fortunate to be a part of."

Quenneville's regular-season points percentage of .666 is the best ever for the Chicago franchise while his .641 post-season winning percentage (25-14) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940.

"Having Joel on board for the future was always a top priority for us as an organization," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said.

"His winning attitude is contagious with our players and support staff and I am confident his contract extension will help solidify the Blackhawks as an elite team on the ice for years to come."

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