List of Boston Bruins head coaches

The Boston Bruins, a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts, has had 27 head coaches in its team history.[1] The franchise is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in 1924 and entered the NHL as the first American-based expansion team, playing its initial seasons at the still-active Boston Arena.[2][3] It is an Original Six team, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.[1] Its home arena is the 17,565-person capacity TD Garden, where it has played since 1995, after leaving the Boston Garden.[1]

Art Ross served four terms as the Bruins head coach.[4] Ross, Cy Denneny, Lynn Patrick, and Milt Schmidt have all been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Harry Sinden, Gerry Cheevers, Tom Johnson and Frank Patrick are in Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, and spent their entire coaching careers with the Bruins. Cooney Weiland, Dit Clapper, Terry O'Reilly, Steve Kasper and Mike O'Connell also coached only for the Bruins,[5][6][7][8][9] with Mike Sullivan taking over as head coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 12, 2015.[10]

Statistically, Tom Johnson was the best coach, with a winning percentage of .738.[11] He is followed by Harry Sinden, who, averaging his two terms, had a winning percentage of .689.[12] The worst coach statistically was Phil Watson, who, with a winning percentage of .268, only won 16 out of the 84 games he coached.[13] Claude Julien, the previous coach of the Bruins, took over after Lewis was dismissed in 2007.[14][15]

Bruce Cassidy was named interim head coach on February 7, 2017 following the firing of Julien. Cassidy has since been named permanent head coach.

Key

# Number of coaches[A]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Ties
Win% Winning percentage
* Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Spent entire professional head coaching career with the Bruins.
*† Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and spent entire professional head coaching career with the Bruins.

Coaches

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Championships/awards won Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L T
1Art Ross*19241928154647218.474 [4]
2Cy Denneny*1928–19294426135.64855001 Stanley Cup Championship (1929)[16]
Art Ross*192919342321247632.6036240[4]
3Frank Patrick *†1934193696483612.5636240[17]
Art Ross*19361939144893916.674189901 Stanley Cup Championship (1939)[4]
4Cooney Weiland1939194196582018.6981710701 Stanley Cup Championship (1941)[18]
Art Ross*19411945198849024.485219120[4]
5Dit Clapper194519492301028840.530258170[19]
6Georges Boucher1949–195070223216.429 [20]
7Lynn Patrick*1950195431011713063.4794016231[21]
8Milt Schmidt*1954196146017220375.4553415190[22]
9Phil Watson1961196284165513.268 [13]
Milt Schmidt*196219662667315746.361[22]
10Harry Sinden*†1966197029613610555.55228181001 Stanley Cup Championship (1970)[12]
11Tom Johnson*†197019732081424323.7382215701 Stanley Cup Championship (1972)[11]
12Bep Guidolin1973197410472239.7362111100[23]
13Don Cherry1974197940023110564.65855312401976 Jack Adams Award Winner[24]
14Fred Creighton1979–198073402013.637 [25]
Harry Sinden*†19807610.85710460[12]
15Gerry Cheevers*†1980198537620412646.6043415190[26]
Harry Sinden*†19852411103.5215230[12]
16Butch Goring1985198693423813.5223030[27]
17Terry O'Reilly198619892271158626.5643717191[28]
18Mike Milbury19891991160904921.6284023170[29]
19Rick Bowness1991–199280363212.52515870[30]
20Brian Sutter199219952161207323.609227150[31]
21Steve Kasper19951997164667820.4635140[32]
22Pat Burns*1997200025410510346.5041881001998 Jack Adams Award Winner[33]
23Mike Keenan2000–20017433347.547 [34]
24Robbie Ftorek20012003155766514.5776240[35]
25Mike O'Connell20039333.5005140[36]
26Mike Sullivan20032006164707915.5437340[9]
27Dave Lewis2006–20078235416.463[37]
28Claude Julien2007201775941924694.6149757401 Stanley Cup Championship (2011), 2009 Jack Adams Award Winner[15]
29Bruce Cassidy2017–present108682713.690187110[38]

Notes

  • A A running total of the number of coaches of the Bruins. Thus any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.

References

General

Specific

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  18. "Cooney Weiland". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
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  21. "Lynn Patrick". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
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  23. "Bep Guidolin". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
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  26. "Gerry Cheevers". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
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  28. "Terry O'Reilly". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  29. "Mike Milbury". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  30. "Rick Bowness". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  31. "Brian Sutter". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  32. "Steve Kasper". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  33. "Pat Burns". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  34. "Mike Keenan". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  35. "Robbie Ftorek". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  36. "Mike O'Connell". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  37. "Dave Lewis". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  38. "Bruce Cassidy". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2018-05-18.

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