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Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on a reported rift with Joel Quenneville: 'None of that is true'

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on a reported rift with Joel Quenneville: 'None of that is true'
Published On: Wed, Nov 07
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville holds the Stanley Cup during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Inside theA BlackhawksA dressing room at MB Ice Arena after the news conference crowd had thinned, general managerA Stan BowmanA wanted to talk.

Tuesday had been the longest of days.

It started before 8 a.m. when Bowman met withA Joel QuennevilleA to inform the legendary Hawks coach that he had been fired. Next came meetings with Bowmana€™s staff and the appointment of replacement coachA Jeremy Colliton, the 33-year-old whose 57-gameA NHLcareer with theA IslandersA ended prematurely because of concussions. No matter how impressive Colliton was at an afternoon news conference a€” and he possesses enough smarts and charisma to pass as a€œHockey McVay,a€™a€™ a nod to NFL wunderkind coach Sean McVay of the Rams a€” Bowman sought to clarify why the organization severed ties with the NHLa€™s second-winningest coach ever.

To hear Bowman calmly explain himself in a 20-minute, one-on-one interview, his tie loosened and his guard down, professional reasons solely dictated Quennevillea€™s dismissal a€” not personal ones as many of us presumed. You dona€™t necessarily have to believe Bowman; he says Quenneville knows and accepted the tough news with dignity.

a€œI do want to address this because I dona€™t know where it started that we dona€™t get along,a€™a€™ Bowman said of his relationship with Quenneville, who won three Stanley Cups in 10-plus seasons from 2008-2018.

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