NHL Coaches Fired in 2021


Which NHL coaches were fired in 2021? This list of NHL coaches fired in 2021 shows that managing a professional sports team is never easy. NHL coaches face many challenges week in, week out, whether its' injuries, bad beats, and supernatural performances from opposing teams. However, at a point, the buck must stop somewhere, and that somewhere is the head coach. Not every NHL coach is an All-Timer, and some of the coaches on this list might actually be among the worst NHL coaches of all time. But, who are the best NHL head coaches fired this year? Which NHL coach got the axe too soon? Who deserves another spin around the NHL coaching carousel? 

Many would consider Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien to be the best NHL coach fired in 2021, based on his Stanley Cup winning pedigree. Then there's Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville who had turned the team around before an unscrupulous scandal ousted him. Other NHL coaches fired in 2021 include John Tortorella and David Quinn, who have both have led their squads to winning records.

Vote up the NHL coaches who deserve another shot on the sidelines, or the NHL coaches you'd love to see your team hire.

  • Claude Julien
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    21 votes

    FIRED February 24, 2021

    Record: 129–123–35 in five seasons

    Claude Julien (born April 23, 1960) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to his firing by the Boston Bruins in 2017, he was the longest tenured head coach in the NHL. He had previously served as head coach of the New Jersey Devils in the NHL, as well as in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Hamilton Bulldogs. In 2011 he coached the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals, against the Vancouver Canucks, winning in 7 games, guiding Boston to their sixth franchise Stanley Cup title. In 2013, he brought Boston to another Stanley Cup Finals, however they lost ...more
    • Teams Managed: Montreal Canadiens
    • Birthplace: Blind River, Canada
  • FIRED DECEMBER 6, 2021

    Record: 74–54–19 in two seasons

    Alain Vigneault (born May 14, 1961) is a Canadian professional ice hockey head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vigneault has previously coached the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, and the New York Rangers in the NHL, as well as in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). During his career with the Canucks, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach of the year in 2006–07 and has become the team's record holder for wins as a coach. Under Vigneault, Vancouver won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies (2010–11 and 2011–12) and made one Stanley Cup Finals appearance (2011). In his first season with New York, he led the Rangers to their ...more
    • Teams Managed: Philadelphia Flyers
    • Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada
  • Joel Quenneville
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    FIRED October 28, 2021

    Record: 79–40–13 in two seasons

    Joel Norman Quenneville (born September 15, 1958) is a Canadian–American ice hockey coach and former player in the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Coach Q", he is second in NHL coaching wins at 1,090. Quenneville achieved his greatest success as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, whom he led to three Stanley Cup titles between 2008 and 2018. His championship victory in 2010 was the Blackhawks' first since 1961, ending the then-longest Stanley Cup drought. He also served as the head coach of the St. Louis Blues from 1996 to 2004, the Colorado Avalanche from 2005 to 2008, and the Florida Panthers from 2019 to 2021.
    • Teams Managed: Florida Panthers
    • Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
  • David Quinn
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    17 votes

    David Quinn

    FIRED May 12, 2021

    Record: 96–87–25 in three seasons

    David Quinn (born July 30, 1966) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the former head coach of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was formerly head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, and the head men's hockey coach at Boston University.
    • Teams Managed: New York Rangers
    • Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island
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    5 votes

    Ralph Krueger

    FIRED March 17, 2021

    Record: 36–49–12 in two seasons

    Ralph Krueger (born 31 August 1959) is a Canadian-born German professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the former head coach of the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL), and former chairman of Southampton Football Club. Since April 2019, he has held a Swiss passport.He was head coach of the Swiss men's national ice hockey team from the 1997–98 season until the end of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in 2010 and the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 2012–13 season.
    • Teams Managed: Buffalo Sabres
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
  • Paul Maurice
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    9 votes

    FIRED December 17, 2021

    Record: 315–223–62 in nine seasons

    Paul Maurice (born January 30, 1967) is a Canadian former ice hockey player and current head coach of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). At age 43, Maurice became the youngest coach in NHL history to coach 1,000 games, reaching the milestone on November 28, 2010.Originally a defenceman in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Maurice played four years of junior hockey prior to suffering an eye injury. Maurice formerly coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise from 1995 to 2003 and the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006 to 2008. On December 3, 2008, Maurice was re-hired by the Hurricanes after the firing of Peter Laviolette, who had replaced him in 2003. On ...more
    • Teams Managed: Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets
    • Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada