Joel Quenneville has spent his entire coaching career guiding Western Conference teams, so his Wachovia Center experience is limited. In 13 seasons as a player, however, he surely remembers some infamous trips to the Spectrum.
"They had a lot of guys that some nights, depending on the score, [games] would get ugly," Quenneville said. "It got ugly a few times. But back in the day, there were a lot of long nights. When I say long nights, there could have been five-on-fives [fights] or bench-clearing brawls, but that's a thing of the past."
Quenneville was part of a 1983 trade from New Jersey to Calgary that involved Mel Bridgman, a former Flyers captain. A defenseman, Quenneville spent most of his career in Hartford.
He started as a coach in 1997 and in 13 seasons with St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago, Quenneville's teams are only 2-6 at the Wachovia Center.
- Ed Barkowitz