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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Pat Quinn age 75

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

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

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Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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

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Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Art Ross Died at 78 (1886-1964)

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

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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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Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added Darryl Sutter age 60

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Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dick Irvin Died at 65 (1892-1957)

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Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Claude Julien age 58

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Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sid Abel Died at 82 (1918-2000)

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

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Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Lindy Ruff age 58

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Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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Lester Patrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Lester Patrick Died at 77 (1883-1960)

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Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Mike Keenan age 69

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Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Paul Maurice age 51

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Red Berenson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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

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Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bruno Guérin added Gerard Gallant age 55

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Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Tommy Ivan Died at 88 (1911-1999)

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Hap Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Hap Day Died at 89 (1901-1990)

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Viktor Tikhonov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Viktor Tikhonov age 88

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

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John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
C Byers added John Tortorella age 60

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47 50
Emile Francis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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

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Marc Crawford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Marc Crawford age 57

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Billy Reay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Billy Reay Died at 86 (1918-2004)

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Ivan Hlinka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Ivan Hlinka Died at 54 (1950-2004)

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

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Jacques Martin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

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Bruce Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dave_7672 added Bruce Boudreau age 63

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Vladimír Kostka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Vladimír Kostka

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Ron Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ron Wilson age 63

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Guy Boucher is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sidney David Hall added Guy Boucher age 47

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Paul MacLean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sidney David Hall added Paul MacLean age 60

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