June 24, 1930
Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada
|Died||September 28, 2011 81)(aged|
|Occupation||former coach of the Atlanta Flames|
Creighton grew up in rural Manitoba. After completing his journey hockey career, he played in a variety of minor leagues between 1951 and 1964. He served as an assistant and later the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers of the Eastern Hockey League. He led the team from behind the bench for two years, guiding the club to two Walker Cup Titles in 1970–71 and 1971–72. Creighton then coached the Atlanta Flames from 1975 to 1979, making the playoffs in his final four seasons as coach but losing in the first round of each year's postseason. Creighton was hired as coach of the Boston Bruins in the 1980, but failed to mesh with powerful GM and former coach Harry Sinden, who fired Creighton with 15 days left in the regular season. In 1981, Creighton was then hired to coach the Indianapolis Checkers, the top Central Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, where he led the team to Adams Cup championships in 1982 and 1983 and a spot in the CHL Finals in 1984. He became the Checkers' general manager when the team moved to the International Hockey League in 1984-85, and served as interim coach in the playoffs. In 1985, he again became the head coach of the Islanders' top affiliate, the AHL's Springfield Indians, full-time in 1985-86, and as a midseason replacement the following two years.
After retirement, Creighton became a franchisee for Little Caesars pizza. He died in 2011 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
NHL coaching stats
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Atlanta Flames||1974–75||28||12||11||5||29||2nd in Patrick||missed playoffs|
|Atlanta Flames||1975–76||80||35||33||12||82||3rd in Patrick||Lost in Quarter-Finals|
|Atlanta Flames||1976–77||80||34||34||12||80||3rd in Patrick||Lost in Quarter-Finals|
|Atlanta Flames||1977–78||80||34||27||19||87||3rd in Patrick||Lost in Quarter-Finals|
|Atlanta Flames||1978–79||80||41||31||8||90||4th in Patrick||Lost in Quarter-Finals|
|Boston Bruins||1979–80||73||40||20||13||(93)||2nd in Adams||(fired)|
| Head coach of the Atlanta Flames
| Head coach of the Boston Bruins