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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!
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577 112
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Scotty Bowman age 85

2
287 145
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Al Arbour age 86

3
254 125
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Mike Babcock age 55

4
310 185
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

5
310 155
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Herb Brooks Died at 66 (1937-2003)

6
199 92
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Toe Blake Died at 83 (1912-1995)

7
165 78
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Jack Adams Died at 73 (1895-1968)

8
183 109
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Pat Burns Died at 58 (1952-2010)

9
147 89
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

10
150 102
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Pat Quinn age 75

11
113 90
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Barry Trotz age 56

12
111 68
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

13
134 108
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ken Hitchcock age 67

14
126 95
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Glen Sather age 75

The Best NHL Players of All Time

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86 46
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Art Ross Died at 78 (1886-1964)

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116 94
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Fred Shero Died at 65 (1925-1990)

17
84 55
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bob Johnson Died at 60 (1931-1991)

18
92 77
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

19
61 35
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added Darryl Sutter age 60

20
83 67
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dick Irvin Died at 65 (1892-1957)

21
64 35
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sid Abel Died at 82 (1918-2000)

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96 112
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Claude Julien age 58

23
75 71
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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50 42
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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74 87
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Lindy Ruff age 58

26
53 41
Lester Patrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Lester Patrick Died at 77 (1883-1960)

27
87 97
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Mike Keenan age 69

28
28 16
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Bengt-Åke Gustafsson age 60

The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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57 64
Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Paul Maurice age 51

30
55 48
Red Berenson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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27 15
Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bruno Guérin added Gerard Gallant age 55

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36 33
Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Tommy Ivan Died at 88 (1911-1999)

33
47 46
Hap Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Hap Day Died at 89 (1901-1990)

34
26 22
Viktor Tikhonov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Viktor Tikhonov age 88

35
46 64
Brian Sutter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Brian Sutter age 62

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45 50
Emile Francis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

37
46 61
John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
C Byers added John Tortorella age 60

38
40 47
Billy Reay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Billy Reay Died at 86 (1918-2004)

39
39 62
Bryan Murray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bryan Murray age 76

40
13 14
Ivan Hlinka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Ivan Hlinka Died at 54 (1950-2004)

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53 66
Marc Crawford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Marc Crawford age 57

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21 34
Bob Hartley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Cody Hendry added Bob Hartley age 58

The Best Dallas Stars Coaches of All Time

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9 11
Vladimír Kostka is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Vladimír Kostka

44
41 53
Jacques Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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17 21
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32 58
Ron Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ron Wilson age 63

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8 11
Hannu Aravirta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Hannu Aravirta

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15 29
Michel Therrien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Kenneth Francoeur added Michel Therrien age 55

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9 14
Hardy Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Hardy Nilsson age 71

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11 17
Lou Lamoriello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
mcdon4173 added Lou Lamoriello