The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time

The best hockey coaches of all time are the ones who’ve controlled their NHL, college, or Olympic hockey teams and done it well. While several aspire to be a top professional hockey coach, only a privileged few will be known for being the elite. Much to the resentment of the worst hockey coaches of all time, these are the top men ever to coach hockey.

Few specialists or fans will oppose that the best hockey coach of all time is Scotty Bowman.

With the most games coached and won, as well as the most Stanley Cup Playoff victories Stanley Cup Championships while he coached in the NHL for 30 years, Scotty Bowman’s numbers are purely leaps and bounds above any other coach.

That’s not to say that there aren’t any other remarkable hockey coaches. Coaches in the NHL who stand out include Al Arbour, Toe Blake, Glen Sather, Jack Adams, and Dick Irvin. The NHL Coach of the Year Award is named after Jack Adams. In college hockey, Red Berenson, who has coached at the U of Michigan, is easily among the best in the NCAA ranks. Herb Brooks too, who created a miracle with the 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.

Just saying, these are the best males to ever work behind the bench at a hockey game and if they are not presently, they’re all praiseworthy of having a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


  1. Toe Black
  2. Darryl Sutter
  3. Joel Quenneville
  4. Pat Quinn
  5. Mike Babcock
  6. Scotty Bowman
  7. Pat Burns
  8. Jack Adams
  9. Sid Abel
  10. Glen Sather
  11. Fred Shero
  12. Herb Brooks
  13. Dick Irvin
  14. Claude Julien
  15. Art Ross
  16. Roger Neilson
  17. Bob Johnson
  18. Lindy Ruff
  19. Barry Trotz
  20. Ken Hitchcock