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The worst NHL coaches of all time are really good at doing other hockey-related things, like playing the game or broadcasting, but when it came their turn to coach in the National Hockey League, they just plain sucked. These worst NHL coaches ever tallied some of the worst coaching records in professional hockey, disappointed fans and overall failed miserably at their job. Quite simply, it doesn't get much worse than this in terms of NHL coaches.

For many of these bad NHL coaches, prior to taking over as a head coach of a professional hockey team, they saw a great deal of success as a player in the league. Wayne Gretzky is perhaps the best example of this when he went from being arguably one of the best hockey players in history to a disappointing owner and coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, leading them to a sub-par performance over his four years as head coach. Lou Agnotti, Paul Holmgren, Jim Anderson and Butch Goring also fall into this category having made that disastrous leap from being a star NHL player to a terrible NHL coach.

Similarly, many who don't have what it takes to coach in the NHL have gone on to successful careers in other aspects of the game, such as broadcasting. Mike Milbury is a well-known face in the hockey broadcasting world but what you might not know is that he once coached in the league, and not so well. The same thing happened with Barry Melrose. He and his mullet can frequently be seen on ESPN and the NHL Network, a place he settled into in between being fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings in 1995 then again as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008.

So whether these bad NHL coaches failed to make the transition from player to coach, like Steve Ludzik, or simply have their name in the record books for the worst winning percentages ever, like when Dave Allison led the Ottawa Senators to a 2-22-1 record in the 1995-1996 season, each of these coaches tried their hand at coaching in the National Hockey League and simply couldn't cut it. Like the worst NFL coaches of all time, if nothing else, they give us something to talk about.

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Mike Milbury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Mike Milbury age 65

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Mario Tremblay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time

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Barry Melrose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Barry Melrose age 61

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Paul Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Paul Holmgren age 62

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Wayne Gretzky age 57

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John Brophy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
John Brophy age 85

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Trent Yawney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Trent Yawney age 52

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Rick Bowness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Rick Bowness age 63

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Adam Oates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Adam Oates age 55

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Dallas Eakins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
zacx99 added Dallas Eakins age 51

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John Paddock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
John Paddock age 63

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Bryan Trottier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time

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Steve Kasper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Steve Kasper age 56

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Mike O Conell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Rod11 added Mike O Conell

The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Mike Keenan age 68

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Pierre Pagé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Pierre Pagé age 69

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Butch Goring is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Butch Goring age 68

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Michel Therrien is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time

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Craig Berube is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Craig Berube age 52

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Glen Hanlon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Glen Hanlon age 61

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Dave Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Dave Lewis age 64

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Ebbie Goodfellow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Ebbie Goodfellow Died at 79 (1906-1985)

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Marc Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Marc Crawford age 57

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Tony Granato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Tony Granato age 53

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Hughie Lehman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Hughie Lehman Died at 76 (1885-1961)

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John Tortorella is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
SalvatoreIanni added John Tortorella age 59

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Cory Clouston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
ahatrack added Cory Clouston age 48

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Dave Allison is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Dave Allison age 58

The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Cooper Smeaton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Cooper Smeaton Died at 88 (1890-1978)

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Dave Chambers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
gaug66 added Dave Chambers age 77

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Dan Bylsma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
PerReconditus added Dan Bylsma age 47

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Ron Rolston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added Ron Rolston age 51 - 1966

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Bill LaForge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Bill LaForge Died at 54 (1951-2005)

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Jim Anderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Jim Anderson Died at 83 (1930-2013)

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Larry Regan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Larry Regan Died at 79 (1930-2009)

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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Frank Fredrickson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Frank Fredrickson Died at 84 (1895-1979)

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Bruce Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Bruce Cassidy age 52

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Milt Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Milt Schmidt age 100

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Larry Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Larry Wilson Died at 49 (1930-1979)

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Eddie Bush is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Eddie Bush Died at 66 (1918-1984)

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Ned Harkness is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Ned Harkness Died at 89 (1919-2008)

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Steve Ludzik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Steve Ludzik age 57

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Lou Angotti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Lou Angotti age 80

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Vic Stasiuk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Vic Stasiuk age 88

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Bob McCammon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Bob McCammon age 76

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Don Cherry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst NHL Coaches of All Time
Ari Aries added Don Cherry age 84