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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658 132
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 85

2
363 218
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

3
312 159
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 55

4
329 175
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86

5
356 182
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 66 (1937-2003)

6
190 84
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 73 (1895-1968)

7
227 103
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1912-1995)

8
211 118
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 58 (1952-2010)

9
179 111
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 75

10
169 99
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

11
173 119
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 67

12
143 108
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56

13
102 50
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 78 (1886-1964)

14
143 108
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 75

15
120 79
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

16
99 63
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 60 (1931-1991)

17
127 104
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 65 (1925-1990)

18
81 41
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 60

19
106 83
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

20
112 122
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 58

21
89 75
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 65 (1892-1957)

22
64 49
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

23
81 75
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

24
68 40
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1918-2000)

25
85 97
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 58

26
101 105
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 69

27
60 47
Lester Patrick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 77 (1883-1960)

28
40 24
Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bruno Guérin added age 55

29
68 74
Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 51

30
59 51
Red Berenson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

31
58 67
John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
C Byers added age 60

32
30 24
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added age 60

33
39 36
Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 88 (1911-1999)

34
50 49
Hap Day is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 89 (1901-1990)

35
49 67
Brian Sutter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 62

36
29 26
Viktor Tikhonov is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added age 88

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
47 55
Jacques Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

41
42 50
Billy Reay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 86 (1918-2004)

42
6 3
Guy Boucher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sidney David Hall added age 47

43
7 5
Bruce Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dave_7672 added age 63

44
37 62
Ron Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 63

45
24 39
Bob Hartley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Cody Hendry added age 58

46
22 25
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47
15 18
Ivan Hlinka is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Died at 54 (1950-2004)

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

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