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The Best Current NHL Coaches  

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List Rules Only active NHL coaches

Every hockey coach currently in the NHL begins the season with hopes of leading his team to the Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup is probably the most famous trophy in all of sports, and all NHL coaches spend the whole season in pursuit of that single goal.

Coaches like Joel Quenneville, who has three Stanley Cup wins, and Barry Trotz, who won his first in 2018, have been around for years and have reached the mountaintop. Meanwhile, coaches like Todd McLellan and Peter DeBoer are still seeking hockey's ultimate prize. The Ottawa Senators' D.J. Smith is right at the beginning of his career, along with other new coaches like Todd Reirden and Bill Peters.

While fans can often wonder "What have you done for me lately?" with their teams' coaches, many of these coaches have had lengthy careers and won many games and titles for multiple squads. So which of these coaches has withstood the test of time and made his mark as one of the best coaches in the NHL right now?

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Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
New York Islanders
Barry Trotz (born July 15, 1962) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also the former head coach of the NHL's ...more
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Jon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Tampa Bay Lightning
Jon Cooper (born August 23, 1967) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey head coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).
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Craig Berube is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
St. Louis Blues
Craig "Chief" Berube (born December 17, 1965) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the interim coach for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey ...more
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Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Florida Panthers
Joel Norman Quenneville (born September 15, 1958) is a Canadian–American professional ice hockey coach. He is the current head coach of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more
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Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Toronto Maple Leafs
Michael Babcock Jr. (born April 29, 1963) is a Canadian professional ice hockey head coach, currently serving as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He ...more
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Alain Vigneault is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Philadelphia Flyers
Alain Vigneault (born May 14, 1961) is a Canadian professional ice hockey head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vigneault has previously coached the ...more
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Bill Peters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Bill Peters Calgary Flames
William Robert Peters (born January 13, 1965) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former college player. He is the current head coach of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He ...more
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John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Columbus Blue Jackets
John Robert Tortorella[1] (born June 24, 1958) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League ...more
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Bruce Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Bruce Cassidy Boston Bruins
Bruce James Cassidy (born May 20, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and the current head coach of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). As a defenseman, ...more
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Rod Brind'Amour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Carolina Hurricanes
Roderic Jean Brind'Amour (born August 9, 1970) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. Brind'Amour played 20 seasons in ...more
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Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Vegas Golden Knights
Gerard Gallant (born September 2, 1963) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Gallant ...more
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Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Montreal Canadiens
Claude Julien (born April 23, 1960) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more
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Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Nashville Predators
Peter Philip Laviolette Jr. (born December 7, 1964) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach for the Nashville Predators of the National ...more
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Dave Tippett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Edmonton Oilers
David G. Tippett (born August 25, 1961) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach currently serving as head coach for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League and former player. He ...more
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Jared Bednar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Colorado Avalanche
Jared Bednar (born February 28, 1972) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more
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Mike Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Pittsburgh Penguins
Michael Barry Sullivan (born February 27, 1968) is an American ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more
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Bruce Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Minnesota Wild
Bruce Allan Boudreau (born January 9, 1955) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and coach. He is currently the head coach of the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild and ...more
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Jim Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Jim Montgomery Dallas Stars
James Peter Montgomery (born June 30, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more
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Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Winnipeg Jets
Paul Maurice (born January 30, 1967) is a Canadian former ice hockey player and current head coach of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). At age 43, Maurice became the ...more
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Todd Reirden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Todd Reirden Washington Capitals
Todd R. Reirden (born June 25, 1971 in Deerfield, Illinois) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Washington Capitals of the ...more
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John Hynes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
New Jersey Devils
John Hynes (born February 10, 1975) is an American professional ice hockey coach. He is the current head coach for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).
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Todd McLellan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Los Angeles Kings
Todd Andrew McLellan (born October 3, 1967) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League ...more
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Travis Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Travis Green Vancouver Canucks
Travis Vernon Green (born December 20, 1970) is an ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously ...more
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D. J. Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
D. J. Smith Ottawa Senators
Denis "D. J." Smith (born May 13, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League
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David Quinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
David Quinn New York Rangers
David Quinn (born July 30, 1966 in Cranston, Rhode Island) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the New York Rangers of the National ...more