List of New Jersey Devils head coaches

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This is a list of New Jersey Devils head coaches. 16 men have served as head coach of the New Jersey Devils since the team moved to New Jersey for the 1982–83 NHL season, with Jacques Lemaire serving as coach three times and Tom McVie, Larry Robinson, and Lou Lamoriello each serving two different times.

Three different coaches have led the team to victory in the Stanley Cup Finals: Lemaire in 1995, Robinson in 2000, and Pat Burns in 2003. Lemaire is the all-time leader in games coached and wins, while Burns leads in winning percentage (with at least one full season coached).

Several former players have worked for the Devils as assistant coaches, including John MacLean and Bobby Carpenter, the only men whose names are inscribed on the Stanley Cup as both a player and a coach with New Jersey. MacLean later served as head coach and is the only former Devils player to serve in that capacity.

The team's current coach is Peter DeBoer, who was named on July 19, 2011.

Coaches[edit]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches
Nat Nationality
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties (no longer applicable after the 2005–06 NHL season)
OT Overtime losses (includes shootout losses after 2005–06)
PTS Points
Win% Winning percentage
Name is engraved on the Stanley Cup
(G) Denotes Goaltending coach
(SA) Denotes Special Assignment coach

Note: This list does not include data from the Kansas City Scouts and the Colorado Rockies. Statistics correct through the 2013–14 season.

# Name Nat Dates Regular season Playoffs Assistants
GC W L T OT PTS Win%[1] GC W L Name Nat Dates
1 Bill MacMillan[1] Canada June 30, 1982 – November 22, 1983 100 19 67 14 52 .260 Marshall Johnston Canada June 30, 1982 – November 22, 1983
2 Tom McVie Canada November 22, 1983 – May 31, 1984 60 15 38 7 37 .308 None
3 Doug Carpenter Canada May 31, 1984 – January 26, 1988 290 100 166 24 224 .386 Lou Vairo United States May 31, 1984 – May 6, 1986
Ron Smith Canada August 6, 1986 – January 26, 1988
Bob Hoffmeyer Canada September 17, 1986 – May 25, 1989
Bob Bellemore (G) United States October 5, 1987 – August 20, 1990
4 Jim Schoenfeld[2] Canada January 26, 1988 – November 6, 1989 124 50 59 15 115 .464 20 11 9 Bob Hoffmeyer Canada September 17, 1986 – May 25, 1989
Doug McKay Canada February 4, 1988 – May 25, 1989
John Cunniff United States May 31, 1989 – November 6, 1989
Bob Bellemore (G) United States October 5, 1987 – August 20, 1990
5 John Cunniff United States November 6, 1989 – March 4, 1991 133 59 56 18 136 .511 6 2 4 Tim Burke United States November 7, 1989 – March 4, 1991
Doug Sulliman Canada August 29, 1990 – June 28, 1993
Bob Bellemore (G) United States October 5, 1987 – August 20, 1990
Warren Strelow (G) United States August 20, 1990 – June 28, 1993
Tom McVie Canada March 4, 1991 – June 5, 1992 93 42 36 15 99 .532 14 6 8 Doug Sulliman Canada August 29, 1990 – June 28, 1993
Robbie Ftorek United States July 9, 1991 – July 31, 1992
Warren Strelow (G) United States August 20, 1990 – June 28, 1993
6 Herb Brooks United States June 5, 1992 – May 31, 1993 84 40 37 7 87 .518 5 1 4 Doug Sulliman Canada August 29, 1990 – June 28, 1993
Dave Farrish Canada July 31, 1992 – June 28, 1993
Warren Strelow (G) United States August 20, 1990 – June 28, 1993
7 Jacques Lemaire Canada June 28, 1993 – May 8, 1998 378 199 122 57 455 .602 56 34 22 Larry Robinson Canada June 30, 1993 – July 26, 1995
Dennis Gendron United States September 1, 1994 – May 14, 1996
Chris Nilan United States August 3, 1995 – May 14, 1996
Robbie Ftorek United States May 14, 1996 – May 21, 1998
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
8 Robbie Ftorek[3] United States May 21, 1998 – March 23, 2000 156 88 44 19 5 200 .625 7 3 4 Viacheslav Fetisov Russia July 28, 1998 – January 28, 2002
Larry Robinson Canada May 26, 1999 – March 23, 2000
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
9 Larry Robinson[4] Canada March 23, 2000 – January 28, 2002 141 73 43 19 6 171 .606 48 31 17 Viacheslav Fetisov Russia July 28, 1998 – January 28, 2002
Bob Carpenter United States March 24, 2000 – June 10, 2000
Kurt Kleinendorst United States August 22, 2000 – June 9, 2001
Jay Leach United States August 3, 2001 – January 28, 2002
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
10 Kevin Constantine United States January 28, 2002 – June 13, 2002 31 20 8 2 1 43 .677 6 2 4 John Cunniff United States January 28, 2002 – April 27, 2002
Kurt Kleinendorst United States January 28, 2002 – April 27, 2002
Larry Robinson Canada February 25, 2002 – April 27, 2002
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
11 Pat Burns[5] Canada June 13, 2002 – July 14, 2005 164 89 45 22 8 208 .634 29 17 12 Bob Carpenter United States July 11, 20022005
John MacLean Canada September 29, 2002–July 12, 2009
Jacques Laperriere Canada August 5, 20032007
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
Larry Robinson[6] Canada July 14, 2005 – December 19, 2005 32 14 13 5 33 .516 John MacLean Canada September 29, 2002–July 12, 2009
Jacques Laperriere Canada August 5, 20032007
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
12 Lou Lamoriello United States December 19, 2005 – May 14, 2006 50 32 14 4 68 .680 9 5 4 John MacLean Canada September 29, 2002–July 12, 2009
Jacques Laperriere Canada August 5, 20032007
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
13 Claude Julien[7] Canada June 13, 2006 – April 2, 2007 79 47 24 8 102 .646 John MacLean Canada September 29, 2002–July 12, 2009
Jacques Laperriere Canada August 5, 20032007
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
Lou Lamoriello United States April 2, 2007 – July 12, 2007 3 2 0 1 5 .833 11 5 6 John MacLean Canada September 29, 2002–July 12, 2009
Jacques Laperriere Canada August 5, 20032007
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
14 Brent Sutter[8] Canada July 12, 2007 – June 10, 2009 164 97 56 11 205 .625 12 4 8 John MacLean Canada September 29, 2002–July 12, 2009
Larry Robinson (SA after 2008) Canada July 25, 2007– July 8, 2012
Tommy Albelin Sweden July 25, 2007– August 10, 2010
Jacques Caron (G) Canada August 9, 1993present
Jacques Lemaire Canada July 13, 2009April 26, 2010 82 48 27 7 103 .628 5 1 4 Tommy Albelin Sweden July 25, 2007– August 10, 2010
Jacques Caron (SA/G) Canada August 9, 1993present
Larry Robinson (SA) Canada July 25, 2007– July 8, 2012
Scott Stevens (SA) Canada July 13, 2009present
Chris Terreri (G) United States July 13, 2009present
Mario Tremblay Canada July 13, 20092010
15 John MacLean Canada June 17, 2010December 23, 2010 33 9 22 2 20 .303 - - - Jacques Caron (SA/G) Canada August 9, 1993present
Adam Oates Canada June 29, 2010– June 26, 2012
Larry Robinson Canada July 25, 2007 – July 8, 2012
Scott Stevens (SA) Canada July 13, 2009present
Chris Terreri (G) United States July 13, 2009present
Jacques Lemaire Canada December 23, 2010–April 10, 2011 49 29 17 3 61 .622 - - - Jacques Caron (SA/G) Canada August 9, 1993present
Adam Oates Canada June 29, 2010– June 26, 2012
Larry Robinson Canada July 25, 2007 – July 8, 2012
Scott Stevens (SA) Canada July 13, 2009present
Chris Terreri (G) United States July 13, 2009present
16 Peter DeBoer Canada July 19, 2011–present 212 102 76 34 238 .561 24 14 10 Jacques Caron (SA/G) Canada August 9, 1993present
Adam Oates Canada June 29, 2010– June 26, 2012
Larry Robinson Canada July 25, 2007 – July 8, 2012
Matt Shaw United States July 17, 2012present
Scott Stevens (SA) Canada July 13, 2009present
Chris Terreri (G) United States July 13, 2009present
Dave Barr Canada July 29, 2011present

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ It is the decision of the team's management whose name to inscribe on the Stanley Cup. Therefore, an assistant coach may not have his name on the Cup despite being affiliated with the team during the entire season.
  2. ^ Since the Devils officially finalized their move from Colorado to New Jersey on June 30, 1982, that is the date that their reign as coach and assistant coach began on the Devils.
  3. ^ Schoenfeld was suspended for one game during the 1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs for verbally abusing referee Don Koharski; general manager Lou Lamoriello filled in as coach for the Devils' 7–1 loss to Boston.[2]
  4. ^ Although Ftorek was replaced during the 1999–2000 NHL season, he got his name on the Cup when the Devils won it later that same season.
  5. ^ Robinson was demoted to assistant coach and replaced as head coach in the middle of the 2001–02 NHL season, but the Devils placed his name on the Cup when they won the following season even though he had left before the 2002–03 NHL season even began.
  6. ^ Pat Burns resigned after being diagnosed with cancer.[3]
  7. ^ Larry Robinson resigned due to stress-related health problems.[4]
  8. ^ Claude Julien was fired with just 3 games left in the 2006–07 regular season.[5]
  9. ^ Brent Sutter quit after two years of a three-year contract, citing a desire to be closer to home in Alberta, with his family and minor league hockey team, the Red Deer Rebels.[6] Several weeks later, Sutter was announced as the head coach of the Calgary Flames. Despite the fact that Calgary had to request permission to talk to Sutter, the Devils received no compensation.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Win-loss percentage is calculated using the formula:
    \frac{Wins+\frac{1}{2}Ties}{Games}
  2. ^ Kevin Greenstein (2007-04-03). "Lamoriello Fires Julien, Takes Over Behind Devils' Bench". New York Sun. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Larry Robinson named Devils' coach". CBC Sports. July 14, 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Larry Robinson resigns as Devils coach". CBC Sports. December 21, 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Julien out, Lamoriello in as Devils prepare for playoffs". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  6. ^ "Sutter quits as N.J. Devils' coach". UPI. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  7. ^ Tom Gulitti (2009-06-23). "Brent Sutter named head coach of the Calgary Flames". Bergen Record. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 

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