Re: Quenneville seperates Toews & Kane
posted at 6/12/2013 12:13 AM EDT
Quennville always juggles his lines and will do it during the game he always does. It is interesting that he would do this after Kanes response when reunited with Toews. At some point I believe they will be back together.
"Often, Quenneville went to the penalty box. He still holds the Spitfires record for points by a defenseman — 103 in 1977-78 — but Maxner remembers just as well the previous year, when he racked up 169 penalty minutes. Minus the mustache, a young Quenneville could be quick to curl his lip.
"He wasn't afraid to mix it up,'' said Maxner, 70. "But Joel always listened. He had a great shot, was pretty mobile, but I made him captain because of his leadership qualities. He never disappointed me.''
After Quenneville left his hometown of Windsor for the AHL and an eventual 803-game NHL career, the Spitfires made an in-season trade in 1978 for a feisty, no-nonsense defenseman who reminded Maxner of the leader he lost. The next season, Maxner named Claude Julien team captain.
Julien capably replaced Quenneville in every way, even registering 148 penalty minutes one season. "Both were big fan favorites,'' said Bobby Murray, OHL Alumni chairman."
Paths to coaching NHL can ne really cool and along the same route.