List of Pittsburgh Penguins head coaches

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Michel Therrien was the Penguins' head coach from 2005 to 2009.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are an American professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was established as one of six new franchises of the 1967 NHL expansion.[1] Since their foundation, the Penguins had played their home games at the Civic Arena, which was replaced by the Consol Energy Center in 2010.[2] The franchise is co-owned by Ronald Burkle and Mario Lemieux—the only player/owner in the NHL's modern era.[3] According to Forbes, the Penguins were the 11th most valuable NHL franchise, at US$222 million, in 2009.[4]

There have been 22 head coaches for the Penguins franchise.[5] The franchise's first head coach was Red Sullivan, former New York Rangers captain and coach.[6] Sullivan was replaced by future Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Red Kelly, after two seasons. Kelly was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player,[7] and head coaches Craig Patrick, Bob Johnson, Scotty Bowman, and Herb Brooks were inducted as builders.[8] Eddie Johnston—who along with Patrick and Ken Schinkel served two tenures as head coach—leads Penguins' coaches in games coached. Bob Johnson led the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup victory in 1991, but was forced to retire due to health problems after the season—he died later that year.[9] Bowman succeeded Johnson and coached the team to its second Stanley Cup victory the following season. Michel Therrien won the Prince of Wales Trophy, as Eastern Conference champion, during the 2007–08 season.[10] Therrien was replaced the following season by Dan Bylsma.[11] Bylsma would lead the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup championship that same season. Bylsma was fired after the 2013-14 season and replaced by Mike Johnston.[12] Johnston was fired during the 2015-16 season and replaced by Mike Sullivan.[13] Sullivan led the Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup victory that season.

Key[edit]

Scotty Bowman was the Penguins' head coach from 1991 to 1993
# Number of coaches
Term Years spent as coach
Games Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
OTL Overtime/shootout losses[a]
Win% Winning percentage
PG Playoff games coached
PW Playoff wins
PL Playoff losses
PWin% Playoff winning percentage
* or Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame († denotes induction as a builder, * denotes induction as a player)

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are updated through the completion of the 2015–16 season.

# Name[b] Term[c] Games W L T OTL Win% PG PW PL PWin% Achievements Ref
1 George "Red" Sullivan 19671969 150 47 79 24 .393 [14]
2 Red Kelly* 19691973 274 90 132 52 .423 14 6 8 .429 [15]
3 Ken Schinkel 19731974,
19761977
203 83 92 28 .478 [16]
4 Marc Boileau 19741976 151 66 61 24 .517 9 5 4 .555 [17]
5 Johnny Wilson 19771980 240 91 105 44 .471 12 4 8 .333 [18]
6 Eddie Johnston 19801983,
19931997
516 232 224 60 .508 46 22 24 .478 [19]
7 Lou Angotti 1983–1984 80 16 58 6 .232 [20]
8 Bob Berry 19841987 240 88 127 25 .419 [21]
9 Pierre Creamer 1987–1988 80 36 35 9 .506 [22]
10 Gene Ubriaco 19881989 106 50 47 9 .514 11 7 4 .636 [23]
11 Craig Patrick 1989–1990,[d]
1997[e]
74 29 36 9 .453 5 1 4 .200 [24]
12 Bob Johnson 1990–1991 80 41 33 6 .550 24 16 8 .667 [25]
13 Scotty Bowman 19911993 164 95 53 16 .628 33 23 10 .696
Stanley Cup Champions (1992)
[26]
14 Kevin Constantine 19971999 189 86 67 35 4 .511 19 8 11 .421 [27]
15 Herb Brooks 1999–2000 57 29 24 5 2 .570 11 6 5 .545 [28]
16 Ivan Hlinka 20002001 86 42 32 9 3 .558 18 9 9 .500 [29]
17 Rick Kehoe 20012003 160 55 81 14 10 .419 [30]
18 Ed Olczyk 20032005 113 31 64 14 4 .274 [31]
19 Michel Therrien 20052009[f] 272 135 105 32 .502 25 15 10 .600 [32]
20 Dan Bylsma 20092014 400 252 117 32 .670 78 43 35 .551
Stanley Cup Champions (2009)

[33][34]
21 Mike Johnston 20142015[g] 110 58 37 15 .611 5 1 4 .200 [35]
22 Mike Sullivan 2015–present 54 33 16 5 .657 24 16 8 .667 Stanley Cup Champions (2016) |[35]

Notes and references[edit]

  • a Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[36]
  • b Head coaches with multiple terms are counted once; figures are career totals. For a specific order of the coaches see the Footnotes section.
  • c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.
  • d Gene Ubriaco served as the Penguins' head coach to begin the 1989–90 season; the team began with a 10–14–2 record.[37] On December 5, 1989, Craig Patrick replaced Ubriaco as an interim head coach.[5][38] Under Patrick, the team went 22–26–6 and did not qualify for the playoffs.[37]
  • e After starting the 1996–97 season with a record of 31–26–5,[39] the Penguins went 1–8 in nine consecutive games in February and March 1997.[38] Coach Eddie Johnston was replaced by Craig Patrick, under whom the team finished the season 7–10–3 and lost in the first round of the playoffs four games to one.[39]
  • f Michel Therrien coached the Penguins to a 27–25–5 record to start the 2008–09 season, at which point he was replaced by Dan Bylsma.[11]
  • g Mike Johnston coached the Penguins to a 15–10–3 record to start the 2015–16 season, at which point he was replaced by Mike Sullivan.[35]
General
Notes
  1. ^ Cooper, Bruce C. (1994). Michael L. LaBlanc, ed. Professional Sports Team Histories: Hockey. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Inc. p. 322. ISBN 978-0-8103-8862-8. 
  2. ^ "Consol Energy Center". PittsburghPenguins.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Front Office". Executive Staff. PittsburghPenguins.com. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "NHL Team Valuations". Forbes.com. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  5. ^ a b "General Managers and Coaches". Coaches. PittsburghPenguins.com. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  6. ^ O'Brien, Jim (1994). Penguin Profiles. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: James P. O'Brien - Publishing. pp. 242–44. ISBN 0-916114-16-3. 
  7. ^ "Red Kelly Playing Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Builders". The Legends. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  9. ^ "Bob Johnson Biography". The Legends. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  10. ^ Associated Press. "Eastern Finals: Game Five recap". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b Molinari, Dave (15 February 2009). "Therrien fired, Blysma in as Penguins' interim head coach". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Penguins pluck WHL's Johnston to be coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  13. ^ "Mike Sullivan Named Head Coach of Pittsburgh Penguins". penguins.nhl.com. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  14. ^ "Red Sullivan Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  15. ^ "Red Kelly Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  16. ^ "Ken Schinkel Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  17. ^ "Marc Boileau Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  18. ^ "Johnny Wilson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  19. ^ "Eddie Johnston Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  20. ^ "Lou Angotti Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  21. ^ "Bob Berry Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  22. ^ "Pierre Creamer Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  23. ^ "Gene Ubriaco Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  24. ^ "Craig Patrick Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  25. ^ "Bob Johnson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  26. ^ "Scotty Bowman Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  27. ^ "Kevin Constantine Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  28. ^ "Herb Brooks Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  29. ^ "Ivan Hlinka Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  30. ^ "Rick Kehoe Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  31. ^ "Ed Olczyk Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  32. ^ "Michel Therrien Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  33. ^ Molinari, Dave (15 February 2009). "Therrien fired, Bylsma in as Penguins' interim head coach". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  34. ^ "Dan Bylsma Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  35. ^ a b c "Penguins fire Johnston, name Sullivan coach". nhl.com. NHL. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  36. ^ "Official Rules" (PDF). NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  37. ^ a b "1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  38. ^ a b "Penguins' Fire Johnston; Patrick Is Interim Coach". The New York Times. 4 March 1997. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  39. ^ a b "1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 6 January 2009.