Blackhawks: Ten most successful coaches in franchise history

By Jimmy Lynch
Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Orval Tessier, Chicago Black Hawks
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9. Paul Thompson

Blackhawks coach from 1939 – 1945 

Paul Thompson finished his career and basically immediately started to coach the then Chicago Black Hawks. Thompson won two Stanley Cups with the team as a player in 1934 and 1938. His coaching career was not as great.

He managed to get the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup final once in 1944, but after just one game in 1945, he was fired from the position. Under Thompson, the team was 104-127-41, while that is not the best record that does get him tied for the seventh-best win total in franchise history for a coach. The only reason he is not higher on this list is it took him sevens seasons to get that many wins.

8. Orval Tessier

Blackhawks coach from 1983-1985 

Orval Tessier coached the Blackhawks for just three seasons from 1983 to 1985. He was the bench boss for the team. During that time, the team went 99-93-21. During his first season behind the bench, the team went all the way to the conference finals, where they were swept by the Edmonton Oilers.

His second season saw the team get bounced in the first round by Minnesota. Tessier would not get another opportunity in the postseason as he was fired the following season. His 99 wins rank ninth in Blackhawks history, and his point percentage is also ninth in team history as well. A lot of the coaches towards the bottom of this list did not have that much success, but for Tessier, at least he was someone that did provide a great quote when his team was down and out.