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The Best Current NHL Coaches  

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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?

list ordered by
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Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
New York Islanders

Coach since: 2018

2
Bruce Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Bruce Cassidy Boston Bruins

Coach since: 2017

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

Coach since: 2019

4
Rod Brind'Amour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Carolina Hurricanes

Coach since: 2018

5
Craig Berube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
St. Louis Blues

Coach since: 2018

6
Dave Tippett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Edmonton Oilers

Coach since: 2019

7
Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Vegas Golden Knights

Coach since: 2017

8
Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Winnipeg Jets

Coach since: 2014

9
Jon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Tampa Bay Lightning

Coach since: 2013

10
Rick Tocchet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Arizona Coyotes

Coach since: 2017

11
Mike Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Pittsburgh Penguins

Coach since: 2015

12
John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Columbus Blue Jackets

Coach since: 2015

13
Jared Bednar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Colorado Avalanche

Coach since: 2016

14
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Montreal Canadiens

Coach since: 2017

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

Coach since: 2014

16
Travis Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Travis Green Vancouver Canucks

Coach since: 2017

17
Alain Vigneault is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Philadelphia Flyers

Coach since: 2019

18
Sheldon Keefe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Sheldon Keefe Toronto Maple Leafs

Coach since: 2019

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

Coach since: 2018

20
Peter DeBoer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
San Jose Sharks

Coach since: 2015

21
Bruce Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Minnesota Wild

Coach since: 2016

22
Ralph Krueger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Ralph Krueger Buffalo Sabres

Coach since: 2019

23
Jim Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Jim Montgomery Dallas Stars

Coach since: 2018

24
Bill Peters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
Bill Peters Calgary Flames

Coach since: 2018

25
David Quinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Coaches
David Quinn New York Rangers

Coach since: 2018