List of Detroit Red Wings head coaches

List of Detroit Red Wings head coaches

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. The team is a member of the Central Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is one of the Original Six teams of the NHL. There have been 27 head coaches in franchise history; three during the era of the Detroit Cougars (1926–1930) and Detroit Falcons (1930–1932) and the rest under the Detroit Red Wings (1932–present).cite web |url= |title=History |accessdate=2008-05-13|] Six Red Wings coaches have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as players: Jack Adams, Sid Abel, Bill Gadsby, Marcel Pronovost, Ted Lindsay, and Brad Park, while two others as builders: Tommy Ivan and Scotty Bowman. Jack Adams and Tommy Ivan are the franchise's only two coaches to have won the Lester Patrick Trophy, an award presented to those who have provided an outstanding service to hockey in the United States. [cite web |url= |title=Coach Index |accessdate=2008-05-13|]

Barry Smith has the highest winning percentage of any Red Wings coach, with a .800 record from the five games he coached with Dave Lewis on an interim basis during the 1998 season. He is followed by the current coach, Mike Babcock, who has a .715 winning percentage. Larry Wilson, who coached the 1977 season, has the lowest winning percentage (.139). Jack Adams coached the most games of any Red Wings head coach, over 900 games during his tenure with the Cougars, Falcons and Red Wings.cite web |url= |title=Jack Adams |accessdate=2008-05-11|] The Jack Adams Award, awarded annually to the National Hockey League head coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success", is named after him. Jacques Demers is the only NHL coach to have won the Jack Adams Award twice with the same team. Scotty Bowman also won twice, though with different teams: the first time, he was coach of the Montreal Canadiens. [cite web |url= |title=Jack Adams Award |accessdate=2008-05-13|] The current coach of the Red Wings is Mike Babcock, who took over after Dave Lewis's contract expired in 2005.



ee also

*List of NHL head coaches


*note label|Note1|A|A A running total of the number of coaches of the Red Wings. Thus any coach who has two separate terms as head coach is only counted once.


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