Hockey The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time  

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The best hockey coaches of all time are the men who've led their NHL, Olympic or college hockey teams and done it the best. While many aspire to be a great professional hockey coach, only a select few will be remembered for being the elite. Much to the envy of the worst NHL coaches of all time, these are the best men ever to coach the sport of hockey.

Few experts or fans will disagree that the best hockey coach of all time is Scotty Bowman. With the most games coached, most games won, most Stanley Cup Playoff victories and the most Stanley Cup Championships during his 30 years coaching in the NHL, Scotty Bowman's numbers are simply leaps and bounds above any other competitor.

That's not to say that there are not dozens of other great hockey coaches. Others in the NHL who stand out include the likes of Toe Blake, Al Arbour, Dick Irvin, Glen Sather and Jack Adams, for whom the NHL Coach of the Year Award is named. In college hockey, Red Berenson, who has coached the Michigan Wolverines since 1984, is easily among the elite in the NCAA ranks as is Herb Brooks who made miracles happen with the US Men's Olympic Hockey Team in 1980.

Quite simply, these are the best men to ever stand behind the benches at hockey games and if they are not already, they are all deserving of being in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Which of these individuals stand out as the best hockey coaches in history to you? Vote for your favorite hockey coaches below!
list ordered by

1
691 140
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86

2
344 180
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 87

3
381 230
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

4
377 190
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)

5
338 175
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56

6
197 89
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)

7
232 109
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1912-1995)

8
220 122
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1952-2010)

9
193 115
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

10
169 110
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 57

11
176 103
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

12
181 124
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 68

13
109 50
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1886-1964)

14
148 111
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

15
125 80
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

16
132 106
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

17
85 42
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 61

18
100 63
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)

19
113 83
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

20
119 127
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59

21
94 75
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1892-1957)

22
72 53
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

23
85 75
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

24
69 41
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1918-2000)

25
88 101
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59