Fred Creighton

Fred Creighton (born June 24, 1930 in Port Arthur, Ontario – d. September 28, 2011) was a Canadian ice hockey centre and coach. Creighton is best known for his time as an NHL head coach.[1]

Fred Creighton
Fred Creighton

(1930-06-24)June 24, 1930
DiedSeptember 28, 2011(2011-09-28) (aged 81)
Occupationformer coach of the Atlanta Flames

Creighton grew up in rural Manitoba. After completing his journey hockey career, he played in a variety of minor leagues between 1951 and 1964. He served as an assistant and later the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers of the Eastern Hockey League. He led the team from behind the bench for eight years, guiding the club to two Walker Cup Titles in 1970–71 and 1971–72. Creighton then coached the Atlanta Flames from 1975 to 1979, making the playoffs in his final four seasons as coach but losing in the first round of each year's postseason. Creighton was hired as coach of the Boston Bruins in the 1980, but failed to mesh with powerful GM and former coach Harry Sinden, who fired Creighton with 15 days left in the regular season. In 1981, Creighton was then hired to coach the Indianapolis Checkers, the top Central Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders,[2] where he led the team to Adams Cup championships in 1982 and 1983 and a spot in the CHL Finals in 1984. He became the Checkers' general manager when the team moved to the International Hockey League in 1984-85, and served as interim coach in the playoffs. In 1985, he again became the head coach of the Islanders' top affiliate, the AHL's Springfield Indians, full-time in 1985-86, and as a midseason replacement the following two years.[3]

After retirement, Creighton became a franchisee for Little Caesars pizza. He died in 2011 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

NHL coaching stats

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTPtsDivision RankResult
Atlanta Flames1974–75 2812115292nd in Patrickmissed playoffs
Atlanta Flames1975–76 80353312823rd in PatrickLost in Quarter-Finals
Atlanta Flames1976–77 80343412803rd in PatrickLost in Quarter-Finals
Atlanta Flames1977–78 80342719873rd in PatrickLost in Quarter-Finals
Atlanta Flames1978–79 8041318904th in PatrickLost in Quarter-Finals
Boston Bruins1979–80 73402013(93)2nd in Adams(fired)


  1. "Fred Creighton, former NHL coach, dies at 78". 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  2. "Fred Creighton hockey statistics and profile". Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  3. Eskenazi, Gerald (July 12, 1981). "Fred Creighton Is Back--But How Far?". The New York Times.
Preceded by
Bernie Geoffrion
Head coach of the Atlanta Flames
Succeeded by
Al MacNeil
Preceded by
Don Cherry
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
Succeeded by
Harry Sinden

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