Fans, media react to Blackhawks firing Joel Quenneville

The general reaction? “Whoa!”

The Blackhawks stunned the hockey world by firing Joel Quenneville — the most successful active coach in the NHL — on Tuesday morning. Chicago promoted its AHL head coach Jeremy Colliton to the Blackhawks head coaching positioning.

Chicago also parted ways with assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson to the delight of many.

The firings come amid a five-game losing streak for the Blackhawks and a 6-6-3 start to the season.

The 60-year-old Quenneville joined the Blackhawks organization as a pro scout in September 2008 and in October of that year was promoted to head coach to replace Denis Savard. Quenneville guided the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Quenneville is the second-winngest head coach in franchise history, with a 452-249-96 record.

Colliton becomes the youngest head coach in the NHL at age 33. He led the Rockford IceHogs to a 40-28-4-4 record and a berth in the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history.

Here’s how people reacted to the news with many saying general manager Stan Bowman should’ve been axed...