Bobby Kromm

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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.[1] 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.

In 1961 Kromm took an underdog team from Trail, British Columbia to a World Championship win over the Russians. The Trail Smoke Eaters represented Canada that year.

Kromm's son, Richard, played ten years in the NHL for the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders.[2]

Born in Calgary, Alberta. Kromm died from complications of colorectal cancer one day after his 82nd birthday.[3]

NHL/WHA coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
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)
NHL Total 231 79 111 41


  1. ^ "Norris Winners – Bobby Kromm". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
  2. ^ "Richard Kromm player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
  3. ^ "Former Wings coach Kromm dies". 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
Preceded by
Bobby Hull
Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
Succeeded by
Larry Hillman
Preceded by
Larry Wilson
Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
Succeeded by
Ted Lindsay
Preceded by
Scotty Bowman
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Al Arbour