The National Hockey League has a rich history that dates back more than 100 years. During this time, the league has seen some of the best coaches in professional sports history. Hockey is an intricate game that requires instant adjustments, so a great coach can often sway the outcome of a big game. These are the five NHL coaches with the most wins as of February 2019.
- Al Arbour
After an unsuccessful stint with the St. Louis Blues, Al Arbour got a job coaching the New York Islanders. He instantly found success with his new team. Arbour and the Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s. He eventually retired from coaching in 1994 with 740 wins in his illustrious career.
- Barry Trotz
Barry Trotz is the current head coach of the New York Islanders. After years of struggles in the playoffs, he finally won got his first Stanley Cup ring last season with the Washington Capitals. Trotz does not look poised to retire soon, so he should easily add to his 792 wins in the future.
- Ken Hitchcock
Ken Hitchcock started his coaching career in 1995 with the Dallas Stars, and he has coached four other teams in his long career. He is currently in his first season with the Edmonton Oilers. Hitchcock has amassed 837 wins and one Stanley Cup championship during his career.
- Joel Quenneville
Joel Quenneville’s 890 wins are the second-most in NHL history. His three Stanley Cup victories are the eighth most all-time. After a long stint with the Chicago Blackhawks, Quenneville was shockingly fired by the team after 15 games in the 2018-19 season.
- Scotty Bowman
It can be argued that Scotty Bowman is the best coach in professional sports history. In addition to his 1244 regular season wins, he also won nine championships with three different teams. Bowman formally retired from coaching after leading the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2002.