Best All Time NHL Hockey Coach

Have you ever thought about who is the best hockey coach in history? The following list mentions some of the names of the very best coaches of their time. There are three top National Hockey League (NHL) coaches that should be looked at before picking who is the best.

Lindy Cameron Ruff was born on February 17, 1960. He played for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Ruff is known for his toughness, character and hard work on the ice. Ruff played in 691 NHL games, scoring 105 goals and adding 195 assists for an even total of 300 points. He also recorded 1,264 penalty minutes. In 52 playoff games, Ruff recorded 11 goals and 13 assists while accumulating 193 penalty minutes. He became assistant coach of the Florida Panthers for the 1993–94 NHL season and retained that position until the 1996–97 NHL season. Ruff was named the 15th head coach of the Buffalo Sabres on July 21, 1997 and became the 23rd coach in NHL history to win 400 games, and just the 7th to win 400 games for one team. He is in the top 5 in terms of career winning percentage possibly the top hockey coach in history.

Scotty Bowman, born on September 18, 1933, holds the record for most wins in league history, with 1,244 wins in the regular season and 223 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. As head coach, Bowman won a record nine Stanley Cups with the, Penguins and Red Wings. He was also part of the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup winning team as Director of Player Development. Bowman is the only head coach in the history of the NHL, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, or the National Basketball Association who has won championships with three different teams.

Scotty Bowman.
Bill Barber, Mike Bossy, Scotty Bowman, and Denis Potvin's Hall Of Fame plaques. Thanks to for the picture. Source: gotroot801

Jacques Demers who was born on August 25, 1944 in Montreal, Quebec is a Canadian former head coach for the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League. During his NHL career, he coached for the Québec Nordiques, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadians and Tampa Bay Lightning. He won two consecutive Jack Adams Awards for NHL Coach of the Year with Detroit in 1987 and 1988, the only person to do this in consecutive years. In 1993, he led Montreal to its most recent Stanley Cup.

It seems to be the popular vote, that Scotty Bowman is the best all time NHL hockey coach. The fact that he was able to win championships with more than one team, puts him above the rest in the eyes of many. No one was a better hockey coach then Scotty Bowman. So, we'll go with him as the best ever.

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