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The Best Current NHL Coaches

Updated February 14, 2020 12.3k votes 1.5k voters 13.5k 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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    239

    Barry Trotz

    New York Islanders

    Coach since: 2018

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    313
    195

    Jon Cooper

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Coach since: 2013

  • 3
    352
    248

    Bruce Cassidy

    Boston Bruins

    Coach since: 2017

  • 4
    329
    235

    Rod Brind'Amour

    Carolina Hurricanes

    Coach since: 2018

  • 5
    332
    237

    Joel Quenneville

    Florida Panthers

    Coach since: 2019

  • 6
    326
    244

    Craig Berube

    St. Louis Blues

    Coach since: 2018

  • 7
    309
    241

    Mike Sullivan

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Coach since: 2015

  • 8
    351
    279

    John Tortorella

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    Coach since: 2015

  • 9
    253
    192

    Alain Vigneault

    Philadelphia Flyers

    Coach since: 2019

  • 10
    268
    219

    Paul Maurice

    Winnipeg Jets

    Coach since: 2014

  • 11
    210
    168

    Jared Bednar

    Colorado Avalanche

    Coach since: 2016

  • 12
    192
    195

    Travis Green

    Vancouver Canucks

    Coach since: 2017

  • 13
    104
    109

    Rick Bowness

    Dallas Stars

    Coach since: 2020

  • 14
    171
    194

    Peter DeBoer

    Vegas Golden Knights

    Coach since: 2020

  • 15
    204
    235

    Sheldon Keefe

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Coach since: 2019

  • 16
    187
    223

    Dave Tippett

    Edmonton Oilers

    Coach since: 2019

  • 17
    187
    229

    Claude Julien

    Montreal Canadiens

    Coach since: 2017

  • 18
    164
    200

    Rick Tocchet

    Arizona Coyotes

    Coach since: 2017

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  • 19
    112
    190

    Jeremy Colliton

    Chicago Blackhawks

    Coach since: 2018

  • 20
    98
    189

    D. J. Smith

    Ottawa Senators

    Coach since: 2019

  • 21
    132
    251

    Todd Reirden

    Washington Capitals

    Coach since: 2018

  • 22
    100
    198

    Todd McLellan

    Los Angeles Kings

    Coach since: 2019

  • 23
    57
    123

    Geoff Ward

    Calgary Flames

    Coach since: 2020

  • 24
    92
    190

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    Bruce Boudreau

    Minnesota Wild

    FIRED ON FEBRUARY 14, 2020

    Coach since: 2016

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    110
    224

    David Quinn

    New York Rangers

    Coach since: 2018