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The Best Current NHL Coaches

Updated February 14, 2020 10.7k votes 1.2k voters 11.4k 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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  • Barry Trotz1
    492
    215

    Barry Trotz

    New York Islanders

    Coach since: 2018

  • John Tortorella2
    311
    226

    John Tortorella

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    Coach since: 2015

  • Jon Cooper3
    254
    178

    Jon Cooper

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Coach since: 2013

  • Rod Brind'Amour4
    287
    206

    Rod Brind'Amour

    Carolina Hurricanes

    Coach since: 2018

  • Bruce Cassidy5
    300
    219

    Bruce Cassidy

    Boston Bruins

    Coach since: 2017

  • Joel Quenneville6
    291
    213

    Joel Quenneville

    Florida Panthers

    Coach since: 2019

  • Alain Vigneault7
    220
    159

    Alain Vigneault

    Philadelphia Flyers

    Coach since: 2019

  • Craig Berube8
    294
    225

    Craig Berube

    St. Louis Blues

    Coach since: 2018

  • Mike Sullivan9
    266
    218

    Mike Sullivan

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Coach since: 2015

  • Jared Bednar10
    183
    154

    Jared Bednar

    Colorado Avalanche

    Coach since: 2016

  • Paul Maurice11
    218
    199

    Paul Maurice

    Winnipeg Jets

    Coach since: 2014

  • Travis Green12
    175
    172

    Travis Green

    Vancouver Canucks

    Coach since: 2017

  • Dave Tippett13
    172
    195

    Dave Tippett

    Edmonton Oilers

    Coach since: 2019

  • Rick Tocchet14
    152
    181

    Rick Tocchet

    Arizona Coyotes

    Coach since: 2017

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  • Claude Julien15
    163
    197

    Claude Julien

    Montreal Canadiens

    Coach since: 2017

  • Sheldon Keefe16
    172
    212

    Sheldon Keefe

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Coach since: 2019

  • Peter DeBoer17
    139
    170

    Peter DeBoer

    Vegas Golden Knights

    Coach since: 2020

  • Rick Bowness18
    72
    92

    Rick Bowness

    Dallas Stars

    Coach since: 2020

  • Todd Reirden19
    131
    230

    Todd Reirden

    Washington Capitals

    Coach since: 2018

  • D. J. Smith20
    89
    168

    D. J. Smith

    Ottawa Senators

    Coach since: 2019

  • Geoff Ward21
    45
    92

    Geoff Ward

    Calgary Flames

    Coach since: 2020

  • David Quinn22
    104
    195

    David Quinn

    New York Rangers

    Coach since: 2018

  • Bruce Boudreau23
    48
    99

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    Bruce Boudreau

    Minnesota Wild

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    Coach since: 2016

  • Jeremy Colliton24
    92
    182

    Jeremy Colliton

    Chicago Blackhawks

    Coach since: 2018

  • Ralph Krueger25
    87
    176

    Ralph Krueger

    Buffalo Sabres

    Coach since: 2019