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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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77 2
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Scotty Bowman age 85

2
36 5
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Jack Adams Died at 73 (1895-1968)

3
40 12
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Mike Babcock age 55

4
24 4
Ted Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Ted Lindsay age 93

5
16 5
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Sid Abel Died at 82 (1918-2000)

6
17 6
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time

7
16 7
Alex Delvecchio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time

8
12 9
Jimmy Skinner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Skinner Died at 90 (1917-2007)

9
9 9
Barry Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Barry Smith age 44

10
8 8
Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Tommy Ivan Died at 88 (1911-1999)

11
6 6
Johnny Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Johnny Wilson Died at 92 (1893-1985)

12
16 18
Jeff Blashill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Jeff Blashill age 45

13
4 5
Bill Gadsby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Bill Gadsby age 91

14
4 5
Harry Neale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Harry Neale

Celebrity Red Wings Fans

15
4 5
Brad Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Brad Park age 70

16
6 8
Doug Barkley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Doug Barkley age 81

17
5 7
Billy Dea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Billy Dea age 85

18
6 9
Duke Keats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Duke Keats Died at 77 (1895-1972)

19
4 7
Nick Polano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Nick Polano age 77

20
4 7
Art Duncan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Art Duncan Died at 84 (1891-1975)

21
5 9
Bryan Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Bryan Murray age 76

22
3 8
Ted Garvin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Ted Garvin Died at 69 (1923-1992)

23
5 11
Bobby Kromm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Bobby Kromm Died at 82 (1928-2010)

24
4 11
Dave Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Dave Lewis age 65

25
4 12
Ned Harkness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time

26
4 14
Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Wayne Gretzky age 57

27
2 11
Larry Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Red Wings Coaches of All Time
Larry Wilson age 80