List of New Jersey Devils head coaches

This is a list of New Jersey Devils head coaches. The Devils had 17 different head coaches since the team moved to New Jersey in the 1982–83, with Jacques Lemaire serving as coach three times and Tom McVie, Larry Robinson, and Lou Lamoriello each serving twice.

Three coaches have led the team to a victory in the Stanley Cup Finals: Lemaire in 1995, Robinson in 2000, and Pat Burns in 2003. Lemaire is the all-time leader in games coached and wins, while Burns leads in winning percentage (with at least one full season coached).

Several former players have worked for the Devils as assistant coaches, including John MacLean and Bobby Carpenter, the only men whose names are inscribed on the Stanley Cup as both a player and a coach with New Jersey. MacLean later served as head coach and is the only former Devils' player to serve in that capacity.

On December 26, 2014, after the firing of DeBoer, head coaching responsibilities were split between Adam Oates and Scott Stevens for the remainder of the 2014–15 season, with Lamoriello supervising the team from the bench.[1][2]

Alain Nasreddine serves as the team's interim head coach after John Hynes was fired on December 3, 2019.[3]

Coaches

Key

# Number of coaches
Nat Nationality
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties (no longer applicable after the 2005–06 season)
OTL Overtime losses (includes shootout losses after 2005–06)
Pts Points
Win% Winning percentage
Name is engraved on the Stanley Cup

Note: This list does not include data from the Kansas City Scouts and the Colorado Rockies. Statistics correct through December 3, 2019.

# Name Dates Regular season Playoffs Achievements Ref
GC W L T OT Pts Win% GC W L
1 Bill MacMillan June 30, 1983 – November 22, 1983 10019671452.260 [4]
2 Tom McVie November 22, 1983 – May 31, 1984 601538737.308 [5]
3 Doug Carpenter May 31, 1984 – January 26, 1988 29010016624224.386 [6]
4 Jim Schoenfeld January 26, 1988 – November 6, 1989 124505915115.464 20119 [7]
5 John Cunniff November 6, 1989 – March 4, 1991 133595618136.511 624 [8]
Tom McVie March 4, 1991 – June 5, 1992 9342361599.532 1468 [5]
6 Herb Brooks June 5, 1992 – May 31, 1993 844037787.518 514 [9]
7 Jacques Lemaire June 28, 1993 – May 8, 1998 37819912257455.602 563422 Stanley Cup champions (1995)
Jack Adams Award (1993–94)
[10]
8 Robbie Ftorek May 21, 1998 – March 23, 2000 1568844195200.625 734 [11]
9 Larry Robinson March 23, 2000 – January 28, 2002 1417343196171.606 483117 Stanley Cup champions (2000) [12]
10 Kevin Constantine January 28, 2002 – June 13, 2002 312082143.677 624 [13]
11 Pat Burns June 13, 2002 – July 14, 2005 1648945228208.634 291712 Stanley Cup champions (2003) [14]
Larry Robinson July 14, 2005 – December 19, 2005 321413533.516 [12]
12 Lou Lamoriello December 19, 2005 – May 14, 2006 503214468.680 954 [15]
13 Claude Julien June 13, 2006 – April 2, 2007 7947248102.646 [16]
Lou Lamoriello April 2, 2007 – July 12, 2007 32015.833 1156 [15]
14 Brent Sutter July 12, 2007 – June 10, 2009 164975611205.625 1248 [17]
Jacques Lemaire July 13, 2009 – April 26, 2010 8248277103.628 514 [10]
15 John MacLean June 17, 2010 – December 23, 2010 33922220.303 [18]
Jacques Lemaire December 23, 2010 – April 10, 2011 492917361.622 [10]
16 Peter DeBoer July 19, 2011 – December 26, 2014 2121027634238.561 241410 [19]
Adam Oates
Scott Stevens
December 27, 2014 – June 2, 2015 462017747.511 [20]
17 John Hynes June 2, 2015 – December 3, 2019 35415015945345.487 514 [21]
Alain Nasreddine December 3, 2019 – present [22]

Notes

  1. ^ The win-loss percentage is calculated using the formula:
  2. ^ Since the Devils officially finalized their move from Colorado to New Jersey on June 30, 1982, that is the date that their reign as coach and assistant coach began on the Devils.
  3. ^ Schoenfeld was suspended for one game during the 1988 Stanley Cup playoffs for verbally abusing referee Don Koharski; general manager Lou Lamoriello filled in as coach for the Devils' 7–1 loss to Boston.[23]
  4. ^ Although Ftorek was replaced during the 1999–2000 season, he got his name on the Cup when the Devils won it later that same season.
  5. ^ Robinson was demoted to assistant coach and replaced as head coach in the middle of the 2001–02 season, but the Devils placed his name on the Cup when they won the following season even though he had left before the 2002–03 season even began.
  6. ^ Pat Burns resigned after being diagnosed with cancer.[24]
  7. ^ Larry Robinson resigned due to stress-related health problems.[25]
  8. ^ Claude Julien was fired with just 3 games left in the 2006–07 regular season.[26]
  9. ^ Brent Sutter quit after two years of a three-year contract, citing a desire to be closer to home in Alberta, with his family and minor league hockey team, the Red Deer Rebels.[27] Several weeks later, Sutter was announced as the head coach of the Calgary Flames. Despite the fact that Calgary had to request permission to talk to Sutter, the Devils received no compensation.[28]

References

  1. "Devils name Stevens, Oates to replace DeBoer". NHL.com. December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  2. Vorkunov, Mike (December 27, 2014). "Devils will have 'unique' head-coaching situation: Co-coaches Adam Oates and Scott Stevens". NJ.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  3. "RELEASE: Devils Name Nasreddine Interim Head Coach". NHL.com. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  4. "Billy MacMillan NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  5. "Tom McVie NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  6. "Doug Carpenter NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  7. "Jim Schoenfeld NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  8. "John Cunniff NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  9. "Herb Brooks NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  10. "Jacques Lemaire NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  11. "Robbie Ftorek NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  12. "Larry Robinson NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  13. "Kevin Constantine NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  14. "Pat Burns NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  15. "Lou Lamoriello NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  16. "Claude Julien NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  17. "Brent Sutter NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  18. "John MacLean NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  19. "Peter DeBoer NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  20. "NJD Bench NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  21. "John Hynes NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  22. "Alain Nasreddine NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  23. Kevin Greenstein (April 3, 2007). "Lamoriello Fires Julien, Takes Over Behind Devils' Bench". New York Sun. Retrieved June 16, 2007.
  24. "Larry Robinson named Devils' coach". CBC Sports. July 14, 2005. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  25. "Larry Robinson resigns as Devils coach". CBC Sports. December 21, 2005. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  26. "Julien out, Lamoriello in as Devils prepare for playoffs". ESPN. Retrieved June 17, 2007.
  27. "Sutter quits as N.J. Devils' coach". UPI. June 9, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  28. Tom Gulitti (June 23, 2009). "Brent Sutter named head coach of the Calgary Flames". Bergen Record. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2009.

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