NHL: Top 5 Greatest Head Coaches of All-Time

Just like in any sports we have skillful players. That also goes for coaches. When it comes to players, we all have our picks and I believe it depends on the era you grew up in. I was given the assignment of picking to the top 5 coaches in the NHL all-time. These coaches have all left a mark on when they were coaches. Here are my picks Pat Burns, Al Arbour, Ken Hitchcock, Joel Quenneville, and Scotty Bowman.

  1. Pat Burns – 1988-2004

Burns coaches 4 NHL franchises. Those were Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. He won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils. Despite only winning one cup he appeared in the playoffs 11 times. He took the 88-89 Canadiens to the Stanley Cup finals only to lose there. Burns left a legacy as a head coach he passed away at the age of 58 from a stroke. He will be one of the most remembered coaches of the NHL.

  1. Al Arbour – 1970-2008

Arbour coached for three teams. He coached in college for Iowa Hawkeyes. Arbour had two NHL coaching stops with the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues. He won 4 Stanley Cups all with the Islanders. The feat that he helped coach will never happen again. His Islanders won 4 straight Stanley Cups. Those cups came 1980-1983. He made a total of 17 playoff appearances.

  1. Ken Hitchcock – 1980-Present

Hitchcock has coached for 5 different teams. The teams are Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, and Edmonton Oilers. He has made 9 playoff appearances with one Stanley Cup. He has won nearly 900 games as a head coach. The one Stanley Cup came with the Stars in the 98-99 season. The Stars defeated the Sabers that year in one of the most debated goals in finals history. Hitchcock coached with the Edmonton Oilers last year.

  1. Joel Quenneville – 1996- Present

Quenneville will be making his 4 stop as a coach. He has coached for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, and Chicago Blackhawks. Quenneville just currently took the job with the Florida Panthers. He has won 3 Stanley Cups as a head coach. Those cups came in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He was of the better head coaches the Blackhawks have had. Now he will try and help turn around the Florida Panthers.

  1. Scotty Bowman – 1967-2002

Bowman is most likely the best NHL coaches of all time. He won 9 Stanley Cups as a head coach. Bowman coached with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabers, Pittsburg Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings. He has over 1,200 wins. Bowman won 5 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, 1 with the Penguins, 3 with the Red Wings. He is an idol to many current and former NHL coaches. Many teams would have like to have them as their head coach.

Did I get them right?

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