Fred Creighton

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Fred Creighton
Born Fred Creighton
(1930-06-24)June 24, 1930
Port Arthur, ON, CAN
Died September 28, 2011(2011-09-28) (aged 81)
Occupation former coach of the Atlanta Flames

Fred Creighton (born June 24, 1930 in Port Arthur, Ontario - d. September 28, 2011) was a Canadian ice hockey centre and coach. Creighton is best known for his time as an NHL head coach.[1]

Creighton grew up in rural Manitoba. After completing his journey hockey career, he played in a variety of minor leagues between 1951 and 1964. He served as an assistant and later the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers of the Eastern Hockey League. He led the team from behind the bench for two years, guiding the club to two Walker Cup Titles in 1970-1971 and 1971-1972. Creighton then coached the Atlanta Flames from 1975 to 1979, making the playoffs in his final four seasons as coach but losing in the first round of each year's postseason. Creighton was hired as coach of the Boston Bruins in the 1980, but failed to mesh with powerful GM and former coach Harry Sinden, who fired Creighton with 15 days left in the regular season. Creighton was then hired to coach the Springfield Indians, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, a role he held until 1986.[2]

After retirement, Creighton became a franchisee for Little Caesars pizza. He died in 2011 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

NHL coaching stats[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division Rank Result
Atlanta Flames 1974-75 28 12 11 5 29 2nd in Patrick missed playoffs
Atlanta Flames 1975-76 80 35 33 12 82 3rd in Patrick Lost in Quarter-Finals
Atlanta Flames 1976-77 80 34 34 12 80 3rd in Patrick Lost in Quarter-Finals
Atlanta Flames 1977-78 80 34 27 19 87 3rd in Patrick Lost in Quarter-Finals
Atlanta Flames 1978-79 80 41 31 8 90 4th in Patrick Lost in Quarter-Finals
Boston Bruins 1979-80 73 40 20 13 (93) 2nd in Adams (fired)
Total 421 196 156 69

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Preceded by
Bernie Geoffrion
Head coach of the Atlanta Flames
1975–1979
Succeeded by
Al MacNeil
Preceded by
Don Cherry
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
1979-80
Succeeded by
Harry Sinden