List of Columbus Blue Jackets head coaches

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The Blue Jackets have played their home games at the Nationwide Arena since their inaugural season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are an American professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio. They play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] The team joined the NHL in 2000 as an expansion team. The Blue Jackets have played their home games at the Nationwide Arena since their inaugural season.[2] The franchise is owned by John P. McConnell and Jarmo Kekäläinen is their general manager.[3][4]

There have been nine head coaches for the Blue Jackets franchise. The team's first head coach was Dave King, who coached for three seasons. Ken Hitchcock is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (284), the most regular-season game wins (125), and the most regular-season points (286). Gary Agnew has spent his entire NHL head coaching careers with the Blue Jackets. Scott Arniel was the head coach of the Blue Jackets from 2010 through 2012.[5] Todd Richards was named interim head coach on January 9, 2012, and would remain with the team for more than 3½ seasons.[6] Richards was also the franchise's all-time leader for the highest regular-season winning percentage (.544). John Tortorella became the current head coach on October 21, 2015.

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
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Blue Jackets

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2016–17 season.

# Name Term[c] Regular season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T/OT PTS Win% GC W L Win%
1 Dave King 20002003 204 64 106 34 162 .397 [7]
2 Doug MacLean 20032004 79 24 43 12 60 .380 [8]
3 Gerard Gallant 20042006 142 56 76 10 122 .430 [9]
4 Gary Agnew* 2006 5 0 4 1 1 .100 [10]
5 Ken Hitchcock 20062010 284 125 123 36 286 .503 4 0 4 .000 [11]
6 Claude Noel 2010 24 10 8 6 26 .542 [12]
7 Scott Arniel* 20102012 123 45 60 18 108 .439 [13]
8 Todd Richards 20122015 260 127 112 21 275 .488 6 2 4 .333 [14]
9 John Tortorella 2015 157 84 57 16 184 .586 5 1 4 .200 [15]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Blue Jackets. 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.[16]
  • c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Teams". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets Franchise Timeline". Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Front Office Staff Directory". Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Players". Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets Coach Register". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=610669
  7. ^ "Dave King Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  8. ^ "Doug MacLean Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  9. ^ "Gerard Gallant Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  10. ^ "Gary Agnew Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Ken Hitchcock Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  12. ^ "Claude Noel Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Scott Arniel Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  14. ^ "Todd Richards Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  15. ^ "John Tortorella Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  16. ^ "Official Rules" (PDF). NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-01-05.