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!
list ordered by
1
756 147
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86
2
420 253
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
3
374 195
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 87
4
376 207
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56
5
406 207
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)
6
243 135
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1952-2010)
7
212 96
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)
8
209 117
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 57
9
247 114
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1912-1995)
10
207 129
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76
11
190 111
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
12
195 140
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 68
13
146 113
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)
14
157 126
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76
15
128 140
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59
16
120 92
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
17
117 57
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1886-1964)
18
133 89
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
19
96 110
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59
20
104 72
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)
21
92 82
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
22
92 52
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 61
23
82 61
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
24
100 81
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1892-1957)
25
109 117
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 70