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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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455 86
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Scotty Bowman age 82

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165 66
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Mike Babcock age 52

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248 122
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Herb Brooks Died at 66 (1937-2003)

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222 115
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Al Arbour age 83

5
257 156
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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160 76
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Toe Blake Died at 83 (1912-1995)

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127 63
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
144 88
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
128 72
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

10
118 86
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Pat Quinn age 72

11
87 54
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

12
101 80
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Fred Shero Died at 65 (1925-1990)

13
104 93
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ken Hitchcock age 66

14
95 82
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Glen Sather age 72

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78 77
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Barry Trotz age 53

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74 55
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dick Irvin Died at 65 (1892-1957)

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67 48
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bob Johnson Died at 60 (1931-1991)

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61 40
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Art Ross Died at 78 (1886-1964)

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40 19
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added Darryl Sutter age 57

20
82 89
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Claude Julien age 55

21
72 63
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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65 61
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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50 30
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sid Abel Died at 82 (1918-2000)

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34 30
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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59 76
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Lindy Ruff age 55

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48 39
Red Berenson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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70 83
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Mike Keenan age 66

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41 35
Lester Patrick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Lester Patrick Died at 77 (1883-1960)

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41 50
Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Paul Maurice age 48

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19 15
Viktor Tikhonov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Viktor Tikhonov age 85

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30 29
Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Tommy Ivan Died at 88 (1911-1999)

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37 38
Billy Reay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Billy Reay Died at 86 (1918-2004)

33
40 55
Brian Sutter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Brian Sutter age 59

34
39 42
Emile Francis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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39 42
Hap Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Hap Day Died at 89 (1901-1990)

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12 8
Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bruno Guérin added Gerard Gallant age 52

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11 8
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18 25
Bob Hartley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Cody Hendry added Bob Hartley age 57

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9 8
Ivan Hlinka is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Ivan Hlinka Died at 54 (1950-2004)

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7 6
Vladimír Kostka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Vladimír Kostka

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7 6
Hannu Aravirta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Hannu Aravirta

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35 55
Bryan Murray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bryan Murray age 75

43
47 57
Marc Crawford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Marc Crawford age 54

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33 47
John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
C Byers added John Tortorella age 57

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7 8
Hardy Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Hardy Nilsson age 68

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6 7
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Bengt-Åke Gustafsson age 57

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36 47
Jacques Martin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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10 20
Michel Therrien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Kenneth Francoeur added Michel Therrien age 52

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28 53
Ron Wilson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ron Wilson age 60

50
5 8
Lou Lamoriello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
mcdon4173 added Lou Lamoriello