Who are the best Chicago Blackhawks coaches of all time?
By Justin Klawans
The Chicago Blackhawks have had an illustrious history that goes back nearly 100 years. In that time, there have been numerous head coaches behind the bench.
The Chicago Blackhawks were founded in 1926. Since that time, there have been thirty-eight head coaches behind the ‘Hawks bench. Some went on to become household names and NHL Hall-of-Famers, while others made as minimal of an impact as possible in Chicago.
While the spot for best Blackhawks head coach of all time is hardly up for debate, there are other bench bosses who also made a significant impact during their time in the Windy City. After all, for all the bad days and losing seasons that the Blackhawks saw after their 1961 Stanley Cup victory, there were some good ‘Hawks teams during that time too, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.
There are a few head coaches of note that made a significant impact but failed to win the Stanley Cup (although one came quite close). Oftentimes, winning championships is the sole metric looked at for whether or not a head coach is successful.
However, there can also be a case made for other Blackhawks coaches that, although they may not have the Stanley Cup rings to their name, they made a splash with the team nevertheless.
That being said, with the long history that an original six team like Chicago has, it is hard to simply narrow down the three best head coaches. However, that is what we’ll attempt to do. Here are the top three head coaches in Chicago Blackhawks history.