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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616 121
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 85

2
309 156
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86

3
277 139
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 55

4
331 169
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 66 (1937-2003)

5
324 199
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

6
211 96
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1912-1995)

7
174 80
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 73 (1895-1968)

8
194 113
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 58 (1952-2010)

9
158 90
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

10
163 105
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 75

11
127 99
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56

12
145 114
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 67

13
115 73
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

14
132 103
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 75

15
92 49
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 78 (1886-1964)

16
121 98
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 65 (1925-1990)

17
92 59
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 60 (1931-1991)

18
101 79
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

19
68 39
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 60

20
105 116
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 58

21
86 70
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 65 (1892-1957)

22
66 36
Sid Abel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1918-2000)

23
76 72
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

24
56 45
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

25
81 91
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 58

26
57 43
Lester Patrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 77 (1883-1960)

27
94 103
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 69

28
63 68
Paul Maurice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 51

29
57 48
Red Berenson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

30
33 20
Gerard Gallant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Bruno Guérin added age 55

31
29 19
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added age 60

32
37 33
Tommy Ivan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 88 (1911-1999)

33
47 46
Hap Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 89 (1901-1990)

34
27 23
Viktor Tikhonov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added age 88

35
47 64
Brian Sutter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 62

36
51 63
John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
C Byers added age 60

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

38
42 62
Bryan Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76

39
41 47
Billy Reay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Died at 86 (1918-2004)

40
56 66
Marc Crawford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 57

41
14 14
Ivan Hlinka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Died at 54 (1950-2004)

42
22 34
Bob Hartley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Cody Hendry added age 58

43
4 1
Bruce Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dave_7672 added age 63

44
43 53
Jacques Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

45
19 22
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46
9 11
Vladimír Kostka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Vladimír Kostka

47
34 59
Ron Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 63

48
1 0
Guy Boucher is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sidney David Hall added age 47

49
1 0
Paul MacLean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Sidney David Hall added age 60

50
8 12
Hannu Aravirta is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Hannu Aravirta