Coaches 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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1
729 145
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86

2
406 243
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

3
362 189
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 87

4
364 189
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56

5
395 201
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)

6
232 130
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1952-2010)

7
204 94
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)

8
196 114
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 57

9
241 112
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1912-1995)

10
204 123
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

11
184 108
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

12
189 133
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 68

13
154 119
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

14
142 109
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

15
125 133
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59

16
113 54
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1886-1964)

17
117 89
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

18
129 85
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

19
92 106
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59

20
103 68
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)

21
92 47
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 61

22
89 78
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

23
81 57
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

24
98 79
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1892-1957)

25
108 114
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 70