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The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time  

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In all the years they've been competing in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings have certainly gone through some great (and not so great) coaches. That being said, who is the best Detroit Red Wings head coach of all time? This list ranks every Detroit Red Wings coach from best to worst with the help of our users. Hockey fans like you have already voted on this list, but we want you to contribute as well. Upvote your top Detroit Red Wings coaches, keeping stats like regular season record and playoff appearances in mind.

Scotty Bowman became the most popular man in Detroit after winning three Stanley Cups in the 1990s. In fact, Bowman is the last coach to lead a team to back to back Stanley Cup championships as he did in 1997 and 1998

Another contender for best Red Wings coach of all time goes to Jack Adams, who led the Red Wings to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1936 just ten years after the formation of the team. Adams would go on to win two more Stanley Cups before stepping down in the 1950's to become the team's general manager.

If the Detroit Red Wings assembled a team with players from every decade, who would coach it? Vote for the most winningest Detroit Red Wings coach, or simply just the coach that you personally liked the most.
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1
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 86
2
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)
3
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 56
4
Ted Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 94
5
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
6
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1918-2000)
7
Alex Delvecchio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
8
Jimmy Skinner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1917-2007)
9
Johnny Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1893-1985)
10
Barry Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Barry Smith age 45
11
Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1911-1999)
12
Jeff Blashill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 46
13
Bill Gadsby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 92
14
Harry Neale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Harry Neale
15
Bryan Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 77
16
Doug Barkley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Doug Barkley age 82
17
Billy Dea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 86
18
Nick Polano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Nick Polano age 78
19
Brad Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 71
20
Duke Keats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)
21
Art Duncan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1891-1975)
22
Bobby Kromm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)
23
Dave Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 66
24
Ted Garvin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Ted Garvin Dec. at 69 (1923-1992)
25
Larry Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
age 81