Top 20 Winningest Coaches in NHL History

Scotty Bowman Has Done This 9 Different Times

Scotty Bowman Has Done This 9 Different Times (globalspeakers.com)

Scotty Bowman is light years ahead of every other NHL coach in terms of number of regular season wins.  He’s nearly 500 wins ahead of Al Arbour, who steered the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups in the early ’80′s.

Bowman has nine Cups in his trophy case: five with the Canadiens, one with the Penguins and three with  the Red Wings.

Here are the top 20 coaches with the most wins in NHL history. Active coaches are moving up the charts.  They are denoted by the “+” sign.

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UPDATED LIST: Through Mar. 18, 2014. The Chicago Blackhawks’ Joel Quenneville is on the cusp of 700 wins. He’ll be only the third coach in NHL history to reach that plateau.

UPDATED Mar. 19, 2014: Quenneville nails his 700th.

  HEAD COACH WINS FIRST SEASON LAST SEASON SEASONS WINS BY TEAM
1. Scotty Bowman  1244 1968 2002 30 Blues (110), Canadiens (419), Sabres (210), Penguins (95), Red Wings (410)
2. Al Arbour 782 1971 2008 23 Blues (42), Islanders (740)
3. Joel Quenneville+  700 1997 2014 17 Blues (307), Avalanche (131), Blackhawks (262)
4. Dick Irvin, Sr. 692 1929 1956 27 Black Hawks (45), Maple Leafs (216), Canadiens (431)
5. Pat Quinn  684 1979 2010 20 Flyers (141), Kings (75), Canucks (141), Maple Leafs (300), Oilers (27)
6. Mike Keenan  672 1985 2009 20 Flyers (190), Blackhawks (153), Rangers (52), Blues (75), Canucks (36), Bruins (33), Panthers (45), Flames (88)
7. Ken Hitchcock+ 652 1996 2014 17 Stars (277), Flyers (131), Blue Jackets (125), Blues (119)
8. Ron Wilson  648 1994 2012 18 Mighty Ducks (120), Capitals (192), Sharks (206), Maple Leafs (121)
9. Bryan Murray  620 1982 2008 17 Capitals (343), Red Wings (124), Panthers (17), Mighty Ducks (29), Senators (107)
10. Jacques Lemaire  617 1984 2011 17 Canadiens (48), Devils (276), Wild (293)
11. Jacques Martin  613 1987 2012 17 Canadiens (48), Devils (276), Wild (293)
12. Lindy Ruff+ 603 1998 2014 16 Sabres (571), Stars (32)
13. Marc Crawford  549 1995 2011 15 Nordiques (30), Avalanche (135), Canucks (246), Kings (59), Stars (79)
14. Barry Trotz+ 548 1999 2014 15 Predators
15. Billy Reay  542 1958 1977 16 Maple Leafs (26), Black Hawks (516)
16. Pat Burns  501 1989 2004 14 Canadiens (174), Maple Leafs (133), Bruins (105), Devils (89)
17. Toe Blake 500 1956 1968 13 Canadiens
18. Terry Murray  499 1990 2012 15 Capitals (163), Flyers (118), Panthers (79), Kings (139)
19. Darryl Sutter+ 499 1993 2014 14 Blackhawks (110), Sharks (192), Flames (107), Kings (90)
20. Glen Sather 497 1980 2004 13 Oilers (464), Islanders (33)
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Posted on January 3, 2012, in NHL Hockey and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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