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The Best Current NHL Coaches

Updated February 14, 2020 10.1k votes 1.1k voters 10.6k views31 items

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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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  • 1
    Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Barry Trotz

    New York Islanders

    Coach since: 2018

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    Rod Brind'Amour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Rod Brind'Amour

    Carolina Hurricanes

    Coach since: 2018

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    Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Joel Quenneville

    Florida Panthers

    Coach since: 2019

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    John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    John Tortorella

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    Coach since: 2015

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    Bruce Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Bruce Cassidy

    Boston Bruins

    Coach since: 2017

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    Craig Berube is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Craig Berube

    St. Louis Blues

    Coach since: 2018

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    Alain Vigneault is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Alain Vigneault

    Philadelphia Flyers

    Coach since: 2019

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    Jon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Jon Cooper

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Coach since: 2013

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    Mike Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Mike Sullivan

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Coach since: 2015

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    Jared Bednar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Jared Bednar

    Colorado Avalanche

    Coach since: 2016

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    Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Paul Maurice

    Winnipeg Jets

    Coach since: 2014

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    Travis Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Travis Green

    Vancouver Canucks

    Coach since: 2017

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    Dave Tippett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Dave Tippett

    Edmonton Oilers

    Coach since: 2019

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    Rick Tocchet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Rick Tocchet

    Arizona Coyotes

    Coach since: 2017

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    Peter DeBoer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Peter DeBoer

    Vegas Golden Knights

    Coach since: 2020

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    Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Claude Julien

    Montreal Canadiens

    Coach since: 2017

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    Sheldon Keefe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Sheldon Keefe

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Coach since: 2019

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    Rick Bowness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Rick Bowness

    Dallas Stars

    Coach since: 2020

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    Todd Reirden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Todd Reirden

    Washington Capitals

    Coach since: 2018

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    David Quinn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    David Quinn

    New York Rangers

    Coach since: 2018

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    Geoff Ward is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Geoff Ward

    Calgary Flames

    Coach since: 2020

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    D. J. Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    D. J. Smith

    Ottawa Senators

    Coach since: 2019

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    Bruce Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Bruce Boudreau

    Minnesota Wild

    FIRED ON FEBRUARY 14, 2020

    Coach since: 2016

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    Ralph Krueger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Ralph Krueger

    Buffalo Sabres

    Coach since: 2019

  • 25
    Jeremy Colliton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
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    Jeremy Colliton

    Chicago Blackhawks

    Coach since: 2018

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