Best NHL coaches of the XXI century

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We will tell you about three coaches who have proved themselves the brightest way and have achieved outstanding progress in the National Hockey League of the XXI century.


We note that we have chosen top-3 coaches according to the statistics that have started from season-2001/02. That’s why we don’t have such a legend as Scotty Bowman in this list.


Sure, the ranking is quite subjective, however, we have tried to take into account not only actual achievements but the quality of coaches’ hockey clubs. You can bet on NHL games in the best bookmaker companies. You can find the list of such companies here:


Joel “Herby” Quenneville (the St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Florida Panthers)


It was hard to choose the strongest coach. The thing is that Quenneville is the only coach who has ever won The Stanley Cup Championships three times. It’s interesting that he had won the Jack Adams Award (the prize that goes to the coach who makes the greatest contribution to his team) in 2000 — ten years before his first championship.


During his work with the Chicago Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville could raise the championship dynasty that had won The Stanley Cup Championships three times in six years (2010, 2013, 2015).


The famous coach has 962 victories in the asset. It is the second result in history, and it goes after the record of Scotty Bowman (1244). Quenneville won 768 times in the XXI century. His teams went to the playoffs 15 times out of 17. It also shows that the Canadian coach has excellent skills.


Joel was always very popular, and the hockey players loved him very much. He is also known as a calm and positive person.


Barry Trotz (the Nashville Predators, the Washington Capitals, and the New York Islanders)


Trotz falls short of his countryman in the number of victories but he is still the best in the results of the XXI century. Here’s an interesting fact: he had never been fired during 22 NHL seasons. He played 1196 games in 15 full seasons with the Nashville Predators. Barry Trotz set the record for the duration of continuous work with one hockey club.


Trotz won his only Stanley Cup in 2018, while he was a coach of the Washington Capitals. It was the first trophy in the history of the Capitals. The coach had always led his team to the playoffs in the last seven years.


The Canadian National Hockey Team became world champion twice ( in 2002 and 2003), won silver in the tournament in 2009, and won the World Cup in 2016 under the leadership of Barry Trotz.


Peter Laviolette (the New York Islanders, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Nashville Predators, the Washington Capitals)


Laviolette’s debut came in season-2001/02. He could get the New York Islanders to the playoffs twice. This hockey club couldn’t do it for seven years.

The Carolina Hurricanes won their only Stanley Cup under the leadership of Peter Laviolette in season-2005/06. The coach led the Philadelphia Flyers and the Nashville Predators to the finals in 2010 and 2017. That is why Peter Laviolette is the fourth coach in the history of the league, who went to the finals with three different teams.


His ability to achieve outstanding results quickly makes Laviolette a very attractive candidate for the position of head coach of the best NHL clubs. That’s why he was offered the job with the Washington Capitals in 2020. There is one pattern: no American could work in one team for more than five years. We will see the future of Laviollete’s career in the Washington Capitals.