List of Washington Capitals head coaches

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Bruce Boudreau was the head coach of the Capitals from 2007 through 2011.

The Washington Capitals are an American professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. The Capitals play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team joined the NHL in 1974 as an expansion team and won their first Eastern Conference championship in 1998. The Capitals have played their home games at the Verizon Center, formerly known as the MCI Center, since 1997.[1] The Capitals are owned by Ted Leonsis, and George McPhee is their general manager.[2]

There have been 15 head coaches for the Capitals franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Jim Anderson, who coached for less than a season. Bryan Murray is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (672), the most regular-season game wins (343), the most regular-season points (769), the most playoff games coached (53), and the most playoff-game wins (24). Murray's brother, Terry, has also coached the Capitals, right after his brother Bryan.[3][4] Roger Crozier, who only coached one game for the Capitals, is the franchise's all-time leader for the least regular-season game points (0). Ron Wilson is the only coach to win the Prince of Wales Trophy with the Capitals, but lost the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings.[5][6] Bryan Murray and Bruce Boudreau are the only Capitals coaches to have won the Jack Adams Award.[7] None of the Capitals coaches have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. Anderson, Danny Belisle, Gary Green, Crozier, Bruce Cassidy, Glen Hanlon, Dale Hunter and Adam Oates have spent their entire NHL head coaching careers with the Capitals.[8]

The Capitals' most recent head coach, Dale Hunter, who replaced Boudreau on November 28, 2011, resigned on May 14, 2012 citing personal reasons. Adam Oates was named the Capitals' 16th head coach on June 26, 2012.[9]

On April 26, 2014 TSN reported that Adam Oates was fired

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins = 2 points
L Losses = 0 points
T Ties = 1 point
OT Overtime/shootout losses = 1 point[b]
PTS Points
* Spent entire NHL coaching career with the Capitals

Coaches[edit]

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

# Name Term[c] Regular season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T/OT PTS GC W L Win%
1 Jim Anderson* 1974–1975 54 4 45 5 13 [10]
2 Red Sullivan 1975 18 2 16 0 4 [11]
3 Milt Schmidt 19751975 44 5 34 5 15 [12]
4 Tom McVie 19751978 204 49 122 33 131 [13]
5 Danny Belisle* 19781979 96 28 51 17 73 [14]
6 Gary Green* 19791981 157 50 78 29 129 [15]
7 Roger Crozier* 1981 1 0 1 0 0 [16]
8 Bryan Murray 19811990 672 343 246 83 769 53 24 29 .453 1983–84 Jack Adams Award[7] [17]
9 Terry Murray 19901994 325 163 134 28 354 39 18 21 .462 [18]
10 Jim Schoenfeld 19941997 249 113 102 34 260 24 10 14 .417 [19]
11 Ron Wilson 19972002 410 192 159 59 443 32 15 17 .469 1997–98 Prince of Wales Trophy[5] [20]
12 Bruce Cassidy* 20022003 110 47 47 16 110 6 2 4 .333 [21]
13 Glen Hanlon* 20032007 239 78 122 39 195 [22]
14 Bruce Boudreau 20072011 329 201 88 40 442 37 17 20 .459 2007–08 Jack Adams Award[7] [23]
15 Dale Hunter* 2011–2012 60 30 23 7 67 14 7 7 .500 [24]
16 Adam Oates* 20122014 130 65 48 17 147 7 3 4 .429 [25]
16 Barry Trotz 2014

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Capitals. 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.[26]
  • c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Verizon Center Facts". Washington Sports & Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Washington Capitals Club History - Franchise Timeline". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Blackhawks eye Terry Murray". CBC. 2001-04-18. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ Warren, Ken (September 24, 2008). "Murray not sick over this trip". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Prince of Wales Trophy". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Stanley Cup Champions and Finalists". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  7. ^ a b c "Caps Award Winners". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Washington Capitals Coach Register". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  9. ^ "Adam Oates is Capitals' new coach". Sporting News NHL. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  10. ^ "Jim Anderson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  11. ^ "Red Sullivan Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  12. ^ "Milt Schmidt Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  13. ^ "Tom McVie Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  14. ^ "Danny Belisle Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  15. ^ "Gary Green Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  16. ^ "Roger Crozier Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  17. ^ "Bryan Murray Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  18. ^ "Terry Murray Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  19. ^ "Jim Schoenfeld Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  20. ^ "Ron Wilson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  21. ^ "Bruce Cassidy Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  22. ^ "Glen Hanlon Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  23. ^ "Bruce Boudreau Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  24. ^ "Dale Hunter Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  25. ^ "Adam Oates Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  26. ^ "Official Rules" (PDF). NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-05.