List of Boston Bruins head coaches

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The current Bruins coach, Claude Julien, began his tenure in 2007 after Dave Lewis was dismissed.

The Boston Bruins, a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts, has had 27 head coaches in its team history.[1] The franchise is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in 1924 and entered the NHL as the first American-based expansion team, playing its initial seasons at the still-active Boston Arena.[2][3] It is an Original Six team, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.[1] Its home arena is the 17,565-person capacity TD Garden, where it has played since 1995, after leaving the Boston Garden.[1]

Art Ross served four terms as the Bruins head coach.[4] Ross, Cy Denneny, Lynn Patrick, and Milt Schmidt have all been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Harry Sinden, Gerry Cheevers, Tom Johnson and Frank Patrick are in Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, and spent their entire coaching careers with the Bruins. Cooney Weiland, Dit Clapper, Terry O'Reilly, Steve Kasper, Mike O'Connell and Mike Sullivan also coached only for the Bruins.[5][6][7][8][9]

Statistically, Tom Johnson was the best coach, with a winning percentage of .738.[10] He is followed by Harry Sinden, who, averaging his two terms, had a winning percentage of .689.[11] The worst coach statistically was Phil Watson, who, with a winning percentage of .268, only won 16 out of the 84 games he coached.[12] Claude Julien, the current coach of the Bruins, took over after Lewis was dismissed in 2007.[13][14]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[A]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Ties
Win% Winning percentage
* Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Spent entire professional head coaching career with the Bruins.
*† Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and spent entire professional head coaching career with the Bruins.

Coaches[edit]

Frank Patrick led his team into the playoffs in every season of his Bruins coaching career.
Dave Lewis coached the Bruins during the 2006–07 season.
# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Championships/awards won Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L T
1 Art Ross* 19241928 154 64 72 18 .474 [4]
2 Cy Denneny* 1928–1929 44 26 13 5 .648 5 5 0 0 1 Stanley Cup Championship (1929) [15]
Art Ross* 19291934 232 124 76 32 .603 6 2 4 0 [4]
3 Frank Patrick *† 19341936 96 48 36 12 .563 6 2 4 0 [16]
Art Ross* 19361939 144 89 39 16 .674 18 9 9 0 1 Stanley Cup Championship (1939) [4]
4 Cooney Weiland 19391941 96 58 20 18 .698 17 10 7 0 1 Stanley Cup Championship (1941) [17]
Art Ross* 19411945 198 84 90 24 .485 21 9 12 0 [4]
5 Dit Clapper 19451949 230 102 88 40 .530 25 8 17 0 [18]
6 Georges Boucher 1949–1950 70 22 32 16 .429 [19]
7 Lynn Patrick* 19501954 310 117 130 63 .479 40 16 23 1 [20]
8 Milt Schmidt* 19541961 460 172 203 75 .455 34 15 19 0 [21]
9 Phil Watson 19611962 84 16 55 13 .268 [12]
Milt Schmidt* 19621966 266 73 157 46 .361 [21]
10 Harry Sinden*† 19661970 296 136 105 55 .552 28 18 10 0 1 Stanley Cup Championship (1970) [11]
11 Tom Johnson*† 19701973 208 142 43 23 .738 22 15 7 0 1 Stanley Cup Championship (1972) [10]
12 Bep Guidolin 19731974 104 72 23 9 .736 21 11 10 0 [22]
13 Don Cherry 19741979 400 231 105 64 .658 55 31 24 0 1976 Jack Adams Award Winner [23]
14 Fred Creighton 1979–1980 73 40 20 13 .637 [24]
Harry Sinden*† 1980 7 6 1 0 .857 10 4 6 0 [11]
15 Gerry Cheevers*† 19801985 376 204 126 46 .604 34 15 19 0 [25]
Harry Sinden*† 1985 24 11 10 3 .521 5 2 3 0 [11]
16 Butch Goring 19851986 93 42 38 13 .522 3 0 3 0 [26]
17 Terry O'Reilly 19861989 227 115 86 26 .564 37 17 19 1 [27]
18 Mike Milbury 19891991 160 90 49 21 .628 40 23 17 0 [28]
19 Rick Bowness 1991–1992 80 36 32 12 .525 15 8 7 0 [29]
20 Brian Sutter 19921995 216 120 73 23 .609 22 7 15 0 [30]
21 Steve Kasper 19951997 164 66 78 20 .463 5 1 4 0 [31]
22 Pat Burns 19972000 254 105 103 46 .504 18 8 10 0 1998 Jack Adams Award Winner [32]
23 Mike Keenan 2000–2001 74 33 34 7 .547 [33]
24 Robbie Ftorek 20012003 155 76 65 14 .577 6 2 4 0 [34]
25 Mike O'Connell 2003 9 3 3 3 .500 5 1 4 0 [35]
26 Mike Sullivan 20032006 164 70 79 15 .543 7 3 4 0 [9]
27 Dave Lewis 2006–2007 82 35 41 6 .463 [36]
28 Claude Julien 2007–present 538 310 163 65 .637 97 57 40 1 Stanley Cup Championship (2011), 2009 Jack Adams Award Winner [14]

Notes[edit]

  • A A running total of the number of coaches of the Bruins. Thus any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.

References[edit]

General

Specific

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  15. ^ "Cy Denney". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  16. ^ "Frank Patrick". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  17. ^ "Cooney Weiland". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  18. ^ "Dit Clapper". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  19. ^ "Georges Boucher". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  20. ^ "Lynn Patrick". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  21. ^ a b "Milt Schmidt". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  22. ^ "Bep Guidolin". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  23. ^ "Don Cherry". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  24. ^ "Fred Creighton". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  25. ^ "Gerry Cheevers". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  26. ^ "Butch Goring". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  27. ^ "Terry O'Reilly". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  28. ^ "Mike Milbury". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  29. ^ "Rick Bowness". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  30. ^ "Brian Sutter". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  31. ^ "Steve Kasper". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  32. ^ "Pat Burns". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  33. ^ "Mike Keenan". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  34. ^ "Robbie Ftorek". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  35. ^ "Mike O'Connell". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  36. ^ "Dave Lewis". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.