List of New York Islanders head coaches

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Jack Capuano, current head coach of the Islanders

The New York Islanders are an American professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York. They play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team joined the NHL in 1972, and won their first Stanley Cup championship in 1980. The Islanders play their home games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.[1] Charles Wang is the Islanders' owner, Garth Snow is their general manager, and John Tavares is the team captain.[2][3][4]

There have been 15 head coaches so far for the Islanders franchise. The team's first head coach was Phil Goyette, who coached the team for part of the 1972–73 season.[5] Al Arbour is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (1,500) and the most regular-season game wins (740); he is also the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (198), and the most playoff-game wins (119).[6] Goyette, Earl Ingarfield, Bill Stewart, Scott Gordon and current coach Jack Capuano are the only coaches who spent their entire careers with the Islanders and have not been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.[5][7][8] Arbour is the only coach to have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[6] He is also the only coach to have won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.[6] The franchise has participated in the Stanley Cup finals five times, coached by Arbour each time; they won Stanley Cup four of those times. Arbour, Terry Simpson, Peter Laviolette, Steve Stirling, Ted Nolan, and Jack Capuano are the only coaches to have coached the team into the playoffs.[6][9][10][11][12]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins = 2 points
L Losses = 0 points
T Ties = 1 point
PTS Points
Win% Winning percentage[c]
Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder
* Spent entire NHL coaching career with the Islanders

Coaches[edit]

Butch Goring coached the Islanders for two seasons, from 1999–2001.
Peter Laviolette coached the Islanders for two seasons, from 2001–2003.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season.

# Name Term[d] Regular Season Playoffs Achievements Notes
GC W L T/OTL Win% GC W L T Win%
1 Phil Goyette* 1972–1973 48 6 38 4 .167 [5]
2 Earl Ingarfield* 1973 30 6 22 2 .233 [7]
3 Al Arbour 19731986 1038 552 317 169 .613 171 109 62 0 .601 Stanley Cup Championship (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
1979 Jack Adams Award winner
[6]
4 Terry Simpson 19861988 187 81 82 24 .497 20 9 11 0 .450 [9]
 — Al Arbour† 19881994 461 187 220 54 .464 27 10 17 0 .370 [6]
5 Lorne Henning 1994–1995 48 15 28 5 .365 [13]
6 Mike Milbury 19951997 127 35 73 19 .350 [14]
7 Rick Bowness 19971998 100 38 50 12 .440 [15]
 — Mike Milbury 19981999 66 22 39 5 .371 [14]
8 Bill Stewart* 1999 35 10 18 7 .385 [8]
9 Butch Goring 19992001 143 41 89 18 .335 [16]
 — Lorne Henning 2001 17 4 11 2 .294 [13]
10 Peter Laviolette 20012003 158 77 62 25 .546 12 4 8 0 .333 [10]
11 Steve Stirling 20032006 118 56 51 17 .521 5 1 4 0 .250 [11]
12 Brad Shaw 2006 40 18 18 4 .500 [17]
13 Ted Nolan 2006–2007 82 40 30 12 .561 5 1 4 0 .200 [12]
 — Al Arbour†[e] 2007 1 1 0 0 1.000 [6]
 — Ted Nolan 20072008 81 34 38 9 .475 [12]
14 Scott Gordon 20082010 181 64 94 23 .417 [18]
15 Jack Capuano 2010–present 277 118 120 39 .496 6 2 4 0 .333 [19]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Islanders. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Before 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.[20]
  • c In hockey, the winning percentage is calculated by dividing points by maximum possible points.
  • d Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.
  • e Arbour replaced Ted Nolan as an interim head coach for one game in order to have coached 1500 Islanders games.[21]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  4. ^ "Players". New York Islanders. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
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  7. ^ a b "Earl Ingarfield". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  8. ^ a b "Bill Stewart". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  9. ^ a b "Terry Simpson". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  10. ^ a b "Peter Laviolette". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  11. ^ a b "Steve Stirling". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  12. ^ a b c "Ted Nolan". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  13. ^ a b "Lorne Henning". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  14. ^ a b "Mike Milbury". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
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  17. ^ "Brad Shaw". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  18. ^ "Scott Gordon". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  19. ^ "Jack Capuano". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  20. ^ "Official Rules" (PDF). NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  21. ^ "Al Arbour returns to coach 1500th game". New York Islanders. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2009-01-20.