List of Detroit Red Wings head coaches

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Mike Babcock
Mike Babcock is the current head coach of the Red Wings.

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league.[1][2] There have been 26 head coaches in franchise history; three during the era of the Detroit Cougars (1926–1930) and Detroit Falcons (1930–1932) and the rest under the Detroit Red Wings (1932–present). Six Red Wings coaches have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as players: Jack Adams, Sid Abel, Bill Gadsby, Marcel Pronovost, Ted Lindsay, and Brad Park, while two others as builders: Tommy Ivan and Scotty Bowman. Adams, Bowman, Ivan, and Lindsay have also won the Lester Patrick Trophy, an award presented to those who have provided an outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Barry Smith has the highest winning percentage of any Red Wings coach, with a .800 record from the five games he coached on an interim basis with Dave Lewis during the 1998 season.[3][4] He is followed by Lewis who has a .672 winning percentage.[3] Larry Wilson, who coached the 1977 season, has the lowest winning percentage (.139). Jack Adams coached the most games of any Red Wings head coach, 964 games during his tenure with the Cougars, Falcons and Red Wings. Adams also has the most regular season losses, ties, and held the franchise record for wins (413) until being passed by current head coach Mike Babcock at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.[5] The Jack Adams Award, awarded annually to the National Hockey League head coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success", is named after him. Jacques Demers is the only NHL coach to have won the Jack Adams Award twice with the same team. Scotty Bowman also won twice, though with different teams: the first time, he was coach of the Montreal Canadiens.[6] The current coach of the Red Wings is Mike Babcock, who took over after Dave Lewis' contract expired in 2005.

Key[edit]

Key of terms and definitions
Term Definition
No. Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
OT Overtime/shootout losses[b]
Win% Winning percentage
Hash-tag Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings
dagger Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
double-dagger Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings
and also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Coaches[edit]

Jack Adams
Jack Adams, shown here as a player for the Toronto Arenas, coached the team from 1927 to 1947.
Scotty Bowman
Scotty Bowman, the 23rd head coach of the Red Wings, coached the team from 1993 to 2002.

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2014–15 regular season.

Head coaches of the Detroit NHL franchise
No. Name Term(s)[c] GC W L T/OT Win% GC W L T Win% Awards Ref(s)
Regular season Playoffs
1 Duncan, ArtArt Duncan 1926–27 33 10 21 2 .333 &
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[7][8]
2 Keats, DukeDuke KeatsSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings and also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1926–27 11 2 7 2 .273 &
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[7][9]
3 Adams, JackJack AdamsSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings and also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1927–47 964 413 390 161 .512 105 52 52 1 .500 First All-Star Team Coach (1937, 1943)
Second All-Star Team Coach (1945)
[5][7][10]
4 Ivan, TommyTommy IvanElected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1947–54 470 262 118 90 .653 67 36 31 0 .537 [7][10][11]
5 Skinner, JimmyJimmy SkinnerSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1954–58 247 123 78 46 .591 26 14 12 0 .538 [7][10][12]
6 Abel, SidSid AbelElected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1958–68
1969–70
811 340 339 132 .501 76 32 44 0 .421 [7][10][13]
7 Gadsby, BillBill GadsbySpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings and also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1968–69 78 35 31 12 .526 &
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8 Harkness, NedNed HarknessSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1970–71 38 12 22 4 .368 &
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[7][15]
9 Barkley, DougDoug BarkleySpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1970–71
1975–76
77 20 46 11 .331 &
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[7][16]
10 Wilson, JohnnyJohnny Wilson 1971–73 145 67 56 22 .538 &
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11 Garvin, TedTed GarvinSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1973–74 11 2 8 1 .227 &
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[7][18]
12 Delvecchio, AlexAlex DelvecchioSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings and also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1973–75
1975–77
245 82 131 32 .400 &
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[7][19]
13 Wilson, LarryLarry WilsonSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1976–77 36 3 29 4 .139 &
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[7][20]
14 Kromm, BobbyBobby KrommSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1977–80 231 79 111 41 .431 7 3 4 0 .428 Jack Adams Award (1978) [7][10][21]
15 Lindsay, TedTed LindsaySpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings and also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1979–81 29 5 21 3 .224 &
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[7][22]
16 Maxner, WayneWayne MaxnerSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1980–82 129 34 68 27 .368 &
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[7][23]
17 Dea, BillyBilly DeaSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1981–82 11 3 8 0 .273 &
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[7][24]
18 Polano, NickNick PolanoSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1982–85 240 79 127 34 .400 7 1 6 0 .143 [7][10][25]
19 Neale, HarryHarry Neale 1985–86 35 8 23 4 .286 &
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20 Park, BradBrad ParkSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings and also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1985–86 45 9 34 2 .222 &
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[7][27]
21 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers 1986–90 320 137 136 47 .502 38 20 18 0 .526 Jack Adams Award (1987, 1988) [7][10][28]
22 Murray, BryanBryan Murray 1990–93 244 124 91 29 .568 25 10 15 0 .400 [7][10][29]
23 Bowman, ScottyScotty BowmanElected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1993–2002 701 410 193 98 .655 134 86 48 0 .642 Jack Adams Award (1996) [7][10][30]
24 Smith, BarryBarry SmithSpent entire NHL head coaching career with the Red Wings 1998–99 5 4 1 0 .800 &
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[4][7][10]
25 Lewis, DaveDave Lewis 1998–99
2002–05
169 100 42 27 .672 16 6 10 0 .375 [3][7][10]
26 Babcock, MikeMike Babcock 2005–present 786 458 223 105 .649 116 64 52 0 .552 [7][10][31]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Red Wings; thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Prior to the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular-season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[32]
  • c The term(s) column lists the first year of the season of the coach's first game and the last year of the season of the coach's last game. For example, someone who coached one game in the 2000–2001 season would be listed as coaching the team from 2000–2001, regardless of what calendar year the game occurred within.

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Sid Abel". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  14. ^ "Bill Gadsby". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  15. ^ "Ned Harkness". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  16. ^ "Doug Barkley". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  17. ^ "Johnny Wilson". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
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  22. ^ "Ted Lindsay". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  23. ^ "Wayne Maxner". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  24. ^ "Billy Dea". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  25. ^ "Nick Polano". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  26. ^ "Harry Neale". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  27. ^ "Brad Park". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  28. ^ "Jacques Demers". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  29. ^ "Bryan Murray". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  30. ^ "Scotty Bowman". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  31. ^ "Mike Babcock". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
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