NHL Coaches Fired In 2022

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Vote up the NHL coaches who deserved the axe most in 2022.

Which NHL coaches were fired in 2022? This list of NHL coaches fired in 2022 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 former Montreal Canadiens' head coach Dominique Ducharme to be the best NHL coach fired in 2022, based on his Stanley Cup pedigree. Then there's Edmonton Oilers' head coach Dave Tippett who had led his squad to a winning record over three seasons.

Vote up the NHL coaches who deserve another shot on the sidelines in 2022, or the NHL coaches you'd love to see your team hire. You can also check out all the NHL coaches fired in 2021.


  • Bruce Cassidy
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    20 votes

    Bruce Cassidy

    FIRED June 6, 2022

    Record: 245–108–46 over six seasons

    Bruce James Cassidy (born May 20, 1965) is a Canadian hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player. He is the current head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously served as the head coach of the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins. As a defenceman, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL.
    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Teams Managed: Vegas Golden Knights, Boston Bruins
  • Barry Trotz
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    24 votes

    FIRED May 9, 2022

    Record: 152–102–34 record over four seasons


    Barry Trotz (born July 15, 1962) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach who most recently was head coach of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also the former head coach of the Nashville Predators and the Washington Capitals. As an NHL coach, he is third all-time in wins, only behind Scotty Bowman and Joel Quenneville. He is often referred to by fans and players as "Trotzy" or the "Eggman". He was previously the coach of the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Baltimore Skipjacks and Portland Pirates, with whom he won an AHL championship in 1994.
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
    • Teams Managed: New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals
  • Peter DeBoer
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    20 votes

    FIRED May 16, 2022

    Record: 98–50–12 over two seasons


    George Peter DeBoer (born June 13, 1968) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the head coach for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also a co-owner of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). A two-time winner of the OHL Coach of the Year award, DeBoer was an OHL head coach for 13 seasons with the Detroit Whalers (1995–1997), Plymouth Whalers (1997–2001) and Kitchener Rangers (2001–08), the latter of which he led to a Memorial Cup victory in 2003. He served as the head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2008 to 2011, the New Jersey Devils from 2011 to 2014, the San Jose Sharks from 2015 to 2019, and the Vegas Golden ...more
    • Birthplace: Dunnville, Canada
    • Teams Managed: Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks
  • 4
    13 votes

    FIRED May 20, 2022

    Record: 89–62–25 over three seasons

    Richard Gary Bowness (born January 25, 1955) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player who most recently was the head coach of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bowness played right wing for the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and original Winnipeg Jets and Central Hockey League, American Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams. Bowness has been a head coach for the original Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and Phoenix Coyotes, and associate coach with the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
    • Birthplace: Moncton, Canada
    • Teams Managed: Dallas Stars
  • Jeff Blashill
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    37 votes

    FIRED April 30, 2022

    Record: 204–261–72 over seven seasons


    Jeff Blashill (born December 10, 1973) is an American professional ice hockey coach. He was formerly the head coach for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Blashill previously served as the head coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL), an assistant coach for the Red Wings, the head coach of the Western Michigan University ice hockey team,[1] the head coach and general manager of the Indiana Ice and the assistant hockey coach at both Ferris State University and Miami University.
    • Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
    • Teams Managed: Detroit Red Wings
  • Bob Boughner
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    6 votes

    Bob Boughner

    FIRED July 1, 2022

    Record: 67–85–23 over three seasons

    Robert Douglas Boughner (born March 8, 1971), nicknamed "The Boogieman", is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently an associate coach for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). As head coach of the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League, Boughner won two Memorial Cup Canadian major junior national championships, in 2009 and 2010 and won the CHL's Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award twice, in 2008 and 2009.
    • Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
    • Teams Managed: San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings