Robert Kromm (June 8, 1928 – June 9, 2010) was a National Hockey League (NHL) head coach who in 1978 became the first coach of the Detroit Red Wings to win the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year. He led the 1977–78 Red Wings to a 37-point improvement on their 16 win season the year previous, and a second-place finish in the Norris Division. The Red Wings made the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
Prior to coaching the Wings, Kromm had been a successful coach in the World Hockey Association, where he had guided the high-flying Winnipeg Jets to the 1976 Avco Cup championship. That fall, he was as an assistant coach for Canada at the inaugural Canada Cup.
NHL/WHA coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Winnipeg Jets (WHA)||1975–76||81||52||27||2||106||1st in Canadian||Avco Cup champions|
|Winnipeg Jets (WHA)||1976–77||80||46||32||2||94||2nd in West||Lost in Avco Cup Finals|
|Detroit Red Wings (NHL)||1977–78||80||32||34||14||78||2nd in Norris||Lost in Quarter-Finals|
|Detroit Red Wings (NHL)||1978–79||80||23||41||16||62||5th in Norris||Missed playoffs|
|Detroit Red Wings (NHL)||1979–80||71||24||36||11||(63)||5th in Norris||(fired)|
|Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
|Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
|Winner of the Jack Adams Award
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