Ted Green

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Not to be confused with Ted Greene or Theodore F. Green. ‹See Tfd›
Ted Green
1962 Topps Ted Green.jpg
Born (1940-03-23) March 23, 1940 (age 74)
Eriksdale, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
New England Whalers
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1959–1979

Edward Joseph "Terrible Ted" Green (born March 23, 1940) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey coach and player. Green played defence for the NHL Boston Bruins and the WHA New England Whalers and Winnipeg Jets, and was noted for his physical play. Green has served as a head coach with the Edmonton Oilers, and as an assistant coach with the Oilers and the New York Rangers.

Playing career[edit]

Green played junior hockey in Manitoba for the Winnipeg Braves, winning the Memorial Cup in the 1958–59 season. He was originally the property of the Montreal Canadiens, but was claimed by the Bruins in the summer of 1960 and was called up for good in the 1961–62 season. He played ten seasons for Boston, gaining a reputation as a hard-hitting defensive defenceman, as well as one for violent play, and was a bulwark on the blue line when the Bruins emerged from being at the bottom of the league to becoming a powerhouse in the late 1960s. He was named to play in the All-Star Game in 1965 and 1969.

Coming off his best season in 1969 (for which he was named to the Second All-Star Team), Green was involved in an infamous incident in an exhibition game in Ottawa versus the St. Louis Blues on September 21, 1969, engaging in a bloody stick fight with Blues' forward Wayne Maki. Green was struck in the head, suffering a fractured skull and brain damage, and missing the remainder of the season, during which Boston won the Stanley Cup. Though Green did not officially win the Cup, his teammates gave him his share of the prize money, and his name was also engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1970.

He returned the following season to play two more years with Boston (and played for the 1972 Cup winning team) before jumping to the upstart Whalers, being named their first captain and leading the team to the WHA's inaugural league championship. After three seasons with the Whalers, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets, with whom he finished his career in 1979.

Green ended his playing career with 254 points and 1029 penalty minutes in 620 games (NHL) and 180 points and 304 penalty minutes in 452 games (WHA). He ranked 17th all-time in games played in the WHA.

After his retirement, Green served for many years as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers, under close friend and former teammate Glen Sather. He won five more cups in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 (7 in total). He was named head coach of the Oilers in 1991, just as the Oilers' 1980s championship years were ending, though he led the team to the conference finals in 1992. With the Oilers' dynasty disintegrating, they missed the 1993 playoffs and Green was let go part way through the 1993-94 season. He is currently assistant coach of the Sather-run New York Rangers.

Awards & achievements[edit]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
EDM 1991-92 80 36 34 10 82 3rd in Smythe Lost in conference finals
EDM 1992-93 84 26 50 8 60 5th in Smythe Missed playoffs
EDM 1993-94 24 3 18 3 (64) 6th in Smythe (fired)
Total 188 65 102 21


  1. ^ WHA Hall of Fame Members

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Preceded by
John Muckler
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Glen Sather
Preceded by
Position created
New England Whalers captain
Succeeded by
Rick Ley