What NHL Coaches Have The Most Wins?

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Have you ever wondered what NHL Coaches had the most wins of all-time? Today, we will go over ten legendary coaches who have accumulated the most wins as a head coach. 

  1. Scotty Bowman - 1244 Wins

In the top spot on our list, we have the Hall of Famer, Scotty Bowman. Bowman coached the Blues, Canadiens, Sabres, Penguins, and Red Wings in his incredible career. Bowman is a nine-time Stanley Cup Champion with three different teams. 

  1. Joel Quenneville - 925 Wins 

Joel Quenneville is #2 on our list, as he is the first of four active coaches on this list. Quenneville is currently the head coach of the Florida Panthers, and he is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning all three with the Chicago Blackhawks. 

  1. Ken Hitchcock - 849 Wins 

Ken Hitchcock head coached the Stars, Flyers, Blue Jackets, Blues, Stars again, and Oilers. He is not currently coaching any NHL team as of now, but it may be possible that he comes out of retirement again sometime soon. Hitchcock won the 1998-99 Stanley Cup Championship with the Dallas Stars, and he reached the Cup the very next season as well. 

  1. Barry Trotz - 845 Wins

Coach Barry Trotz is one of the younger coaches on this list, with 57 years of age and 845 wins, which is crazy impressive. Trotz is the current Head Coach of the New York Islanders, in which he was able to win his second Jack Adams Award in 2018-19. Trotz is a one-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Washington Capitals, and he has the Islanders competitive yet again this season. 

  1. Al Arbour - 782 Wins 

Another Islander on this list is Al Arbour, who led the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cup Championships and five straight appearances in the Early 80s Islanders’ Dynasty. Arbour will forever be the most meaningful coach of all-time for the Islanders, as well as the most important. 

  1. Lindy Ruff - 736 Wins 

Ruff was a long-time coach of the Buffalo Sabres from the 1997-98 season, up until the 2012-13 year. Ruff then coached the Dallas Stars for four seasons and has since not had a head-coaching job. He reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1998-99 with the Sabres but has not won a championship as a head coach. 

  1. Paul Maurice - 732 Wins

Another active coach on this list, Paul Maurice currently is the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, but he could be on the hot-seat if the Jets do not make the postseason (providing there is an eventual ending to the season). Maurice reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2001-02 with the Hurricanes but has not won a championship yet. 

  1. Mike Babcock - 700 Wins

Coach Mike Babcock was a plain winner for most of his time in Detroit with the Red Wings. Babcock was able to win one Stanley Cup Championship with the Wings in his tenure, and he took them to the Final twice. Babcock started this current season as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs but was fired after a rough start. 

  1. Dick Irvin - 692 Wins 

Dick Irvin’s 27-year career as a head coach in the NHL began in the 1928-29 season with the Maple Leafs and ended in 1955-56 with the Chicago Black Hawks. Irvin was a four-time Stanley Cup Champion, three of which came with the Montreal Canadiens. 

  1. Alain Vigneault - 689 Wins 

The last coach on our list is another active head coach in the league in Alain Vigneault. In his 17-year career thus far, Vigneault has reached the Stanley Cup Final twice but has not won Lord Stanley’s Cup quite yet. He is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.