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!
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671 140
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 85

2
341 178
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86

3
374 227
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

4
369 187
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 66 (1937-2003)

5
324 169
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 55

6
195 86
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 73 (1895-1968)

7
230 106
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1912-1995)

8
216 120
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 58 (1952-2010)

9
187 114
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 75

10
174 102
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

11
155 109
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56

12
178 122
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 67

13
106 50
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 78 (1886-1964)

14
147 111
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 75

15
124 80
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

16
131 106
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 65 (1925-1990)

17
84 42
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 60

18
99 63
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 60 (1931-1991)

19
109 83
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

20
115 126
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 58

21
91 75
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 65 (1892-1957)

22
68 52
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

23
83 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
Died at 82 (1918-2000)

25
87 99
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 58

26
103 106
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 69

27
44 24
Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bruno Guérin added age 55

28
60 47
Lester Patrick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 77 (1883-1960)

29
69 74
Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 51

30
59 52
Red Berenson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

31
63 70
John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
C Byers added age 60

32
33 27
Viktor Tikhonov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added age 88

33
30 24
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added age 60

34
51 49
Hap Day is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 89 (1901-1990)

35
39 36
Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 88 (1911-1999)

36
50 67
Brian Sutter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 62

37
61 67
Marc Crawford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 57

38
44 65
Bryan Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

39
47 54
Emile Francis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

40
10 6
Bruce Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dave_7672 added age 63

41
48 56
Jacques Martin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

42
26 39
Bob Hartley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Cody Hendry added age 58

43
24 25
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44
42 50
Billy Reay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 86 (1918-2004)

45
39 64
Ron Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 63

46
15 18
Ivan Hlinka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Died at 54 (1950-2004)

47
6 5
Guy Boucher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sidney David Hall added age 47

48
9 14
Vladimír Kostka is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Vladimír Kostka

49
0 1
Terry Simpson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Flin_Flon_Jon added Terry Simpson

50
9 15
Hannu Aravirta is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Hannu Aravirta