Bill LaForge

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Bill LaForge
Born September 2, 1951
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died June 19, 2005(2005-06-19) (aged 53)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation ice hockey head coach

Bill LaForge (September 2, 1951–June 19, 2005) was a Canadian ice hockey head coach. LaForge was a cousin of Patrick LaForge, the former President and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers.

LaForge began his head coaching career in 1980-81 with the Oshawa Generals. He quickly developed a reputation as a fiery leader who was not against using unorthodox motivational methods. His teams became notorious for their pugilistic skills, and, after one bench clearing brawl, LaForge received a 50-game suspension. However, that punishment was never served, as LaForge moved the next season to coach the Regina Pats; he then spent two years with the Kamloops Junior Oilers, a tenure that included a trip to the Memorial Cup.[1][2]

LaForge was the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL for 20 games during the 1984–85 season before being replaced by team general manager Harry Neale. His coaching methods, which including dividing the team into three groups and subjecting the losing squad to a series of exhausting tasks, alienated the team. After being fired, LaForge returned to the junior leagues, coaching the Hamilton Steelhawks and the Niagara Falls Thunder.[3]

LaForge died in 2005 after an apparent heart attack.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Vancouver Canucks 1985-86 20 4 14 2 (59) 5th in Smythe (fired)


Preceded by
Harry Neale
Head coach of the Vancouver Canucks
Succeeded by
Harry Neale