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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
716 142
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86

2
398 240
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

3
388 197
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)

4
353 187
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 87

5
353 187
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56

6
203 92
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)

7
239 110
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1912-1995)

8
228 128
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1952-2010)

9
188 112
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 57

10
200 120
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

11
182 106
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

12
187 130
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 68

13
111 53
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1886-1964)

14
151 117
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

15
128 83
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

16
138 107
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

17
86 46
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 61

18
100 66
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)

19
114 87
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

20
122 131
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59

21
78 56
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

22
95 78
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1892-1957)

23
86 76
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

24
70 43
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1918-2000)

25
89 104
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59