CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville remained hospitalized on Thursday because of gastrointestinal bleeding that was brought on by a small ulcer.

In a statement, team physician Dr. Michael Terry said Quenneville was expected to make a full recovery and be released in the next few days. The doctor said aspirin caused the problem.

Exactly when Quenneville will be back behind the bench of the Stanley Cup champions remains unclear.

Assistant coach Mike Haviland said Quenneville “was in really good spirits” when they spoke after Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Minnesota.

“He was joking and laughing on the phone,” Haviland said on Thursday. “So it was good to hear.”

Quenneville started experiencing discomfort late Tuesday at his suburban Chicago home, went to the emergency room and was admitted early Wednesday.

The news that Quenneville was hospitalized sent a shiver through a team that’s trying to claw its way into the playoffs after winning the Stanley Cup a year ago.

The 52-year-old Quenneville ranks 10th in NHL history with 563 regular-season wins and is one of only two men to coach at least 1,000 games and play 800 in the league.

Copyright Associated Press


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