Complete List Of Chicago Blackhawks Head Coaches In Order

List Of Chicago Blackhawks Head Coaches In Order

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The Chicago Blackhawks, one of the Original Six teams of the National Hockey League (NHL), have had a storied history since their inception in 1926. Located in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois, the Blackhawks have become a centerpiece of the city’s sports culture. Behind every great team, there’s a series of great leaders. Here’s a look at the head coaches who have led the Blackhawks through the years:

#1 – Pete Muldoon (1926-1927)

Born in 1887 in St. Mary’s, Ontario. Muldoon never played in the NHL but left his mark as the Blackhawks’ first head coach.

#2 – Hugh Lehman (1927-1929)

Born in 1885 in Pembroke, Ontario. He played for the New Westminster Royals (1912–1914) and Vancouver Millionaires (1914–1926). Lehman also served as the player-coach for the Chicago Blackhawks (1927–1929).

#3 – Barney Stanley (1929-1930)

Born in 1893 in Paisley, Ontario. Stanley played for the Vancouver Millionaires (1915-1922) and the Winnipeg Jets (1920-1923).

#4 – Dick Irvin (1930-1931)

Born in 1892 in Hamilton, Ontario. Irvin played for the Regina Capitals (1921-1926) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1926-1929). He also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs (1931-1940) and the Montreal Canadiens (1940-1955).

#5 – Bill Tobin (1931-1932)

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Tobin never played in the NHL. He did, however, serve as the general manager for the Blackhawks for many years.

#6 – Emil Iverson (1932-1933)

Information on Iverson’s playing career or other coaching roles is limited.

#7 – Tommy Gorman (1933-1934)

Born in 1886 in Ottawa, Ontario. Gorman didn’t have a notable playing career, but he coached the Ottawa Senators (1925-1926) and the Montreal Maroons (1929-1932).

#8 – Clem Loughlin (1934-1937)

Born in 1892 in Carroll, Manitoba. Loughlin played for the Seattle Metropolitans (1915-1924).

#9 – Bill Stewart (1937-1939)

Born in 1894 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Stewart played minor league hockey but is best known as an NHL referee. He also coached the New York Americans (1940-1941).

#10 – Paul Thompson (1939-1944)

Born in 1906 in Calgary, Alberta. Thompson played for the New York Rangers (1926-1936) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1936-1939).

#11 – Johnny Gottselig (1944-1947, 1952-1954)

Born in 1905 in Klosterdorf, Russian Empire (present-day Russia). Gottselig played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1928-1945).

#12 – Charlie Conacher (1947-1950)

Born in 1909 in Toronto, Ontario. Conacher played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1929-1938), Detroit Red Wings (1938-1939), and New York Americans (1939-1941).

#13 – Ebbie Goodfellow (1950-1952)

Born in 1906 in Ottawa, Ontario. Goodfellow played for the Detroit Red Wings (1929-1944). He also coached the Detroit Red Wings (1947-1948).

#14 – Sid Abel (1952-1954, 1963-1965, 1967-1968)

Born in 1918 in Melville, Saskatchewan. Abel played for the Detroit Red Wings (1938-1952) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1952-1954). He also coached the Detroit Red Wings (1957-1968).

#15 – Frank Eddolls (1954-1955)

Born in 1921 in Montreal, Quebec. Eddolls played for the Montreal Canadiens (1940-1943), Toronto Maple Leafs (1943-1947), and the Chicago Blackhawks (1947-1950).

#16 – Dick Irvin (1955-1956)

Irvin makes a return to the list. Refer to the earlier description for his details.

#17 – Rudy Pilous (1957-1963)

Born in 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pilous never played in the NHL, but he was instrumental in guiding the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 1961.

#18 – Billy Reay (1963-1977)

Born in 1918 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Reay played for the Montreal Canadiens (1940-1946). He also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs (1957-1959).

#19 – Bill White (1977)

Born in 1939 in Toronto, Ontario. White played for the Los Angeles Kings (1967-1970) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1970-1976).

#20 – Bob Pulford (1977-1979, 1980-1982, 1984-1985, 1987-1990)

Born in 1936 in Newton Robinson, Ontario. Pulford played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1956-1967) and the Los Angeles Kings (1967-1972). He also coached the Los Angeles Kings (1972-1977).

#21 – Keith Magnuson (1980-1982)

Born in 1947 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Magnuson played his entire NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks (1969-1980).

#22 – Orval Tessier (1982-1985)

Born in 1933 in Cornwall, Ontario. Tessier had a brief playing stint in the NHL, mostly spending his time in minor leagues.

#23 – Bob Murdoch (1987-1988)

Born in 1946 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Murdoch played for the Montreal Canadiens (1967-1971), Los Angeles Kings (1971-1973), Atlanta Flames (1973-1977), and the Cleveland Barons (1977-1978).

#24 – Mike Keenan (1988-1992)

Born in 1949 in Bowmanville, Ontario. Keenan did not play in the NHL but became one of its notable coaches. He also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1984-1988), New York Rangers (1993-1994), St. Louis Blues (1994-1996), Vancouver Canucks (1997-1999), Boston Bruins (2000-2001), and the Florida Panthers (2001-2004).

#25 – Darryl Sutter (1992-1995)

Born in 1958 in Viking, Alberta. Sutter played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1979-1987). He also coached the San Jose Sharks (1997-2002), Calgary Flames (2002-2006), and the Los Angeles Kings (2012-2017).

#26 – Craig Hartsburg (1995-1998)

Born in 1959 in Stratford, Ontario. Hartsburg played for the Minnesota North Stars (1979-1989). He also coached the Anaheim Ducks (1998-2001) and the Ottawa Senators (2008-2009).

#27 – Dirk Graham (1998-1999)

Born in 1959 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Graham played for the Minnesota North Stars (1983-1988) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1988-1995).

#28 – Lorne Molleken (1999-2000)

Born in 1954 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Molleken did not play in the NHL but has had various coaching stints in minor leagues.

#29 – Alpo Suhonen (2000-2001)

Born in 1948 in Valkeakoski, Finland. Suhonen is one of the few European head coaches in the NHL’s history. He did not play in the NHL but has coached in various European leagues.

#30 – Brian Sutter (2001-2004)

Born in 1956 in Viking, Alberta. Sutter played for the St. Louis Blues (1976-1988). He also coached the St. Louis Blues (1988-1992), Boston Bruins (1992-1995), and the Calgary Flames (1997-2000).

#31 – Trent Yawney (2005-2006)

Born in 1965 in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Yawney played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1987-1991), Calgary Flames (1991-1996), and the St. Louis Blues (1996-1999).

#32 – Denis Savard (2006-2008)

Born in 1961 in Pointe-Gatineau, Quebec. Savard played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1980-1990, 1995-1997), Montreal Canadiens (1990-1993), and the Tampa Bay Lightning (1993-1995).

#33 – Joel Quenneville (2008-2018)

Born in 1958 in Windsor, Ontario. Quenneville played for the Toronto Maple Leafs(1979-1980), Colorado Rockies (1980-1982), New Jersey Devils (1982-1983), Hartford Whalers (1983-1990), and the Washington Capitals (1990-1991). He also coached the St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) and the Florida Panthers.

#34 – Jeremy Colliton (2018-2021)

Born in 1985 in Blackie, Alberta. Colliton had a brief playing career with the New York Islanders (2005-2009). Before taking the helm for the Blackhawks, Colliton coached in the Swedish Hockey League for Mora IK.

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