Complete List Of Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coaches In Order

List Of Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coaches In Order

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The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the National Hockey League in 2000, marking Ohio’s return to the league after the departure of the Cleveland Barons in the 1970s. As the team navigated its way through the challenges and excitement of the NHL, a series of determined head coaches steered them, each aiming to etch their mark on the team’s legacy. From the earliest days to the present moments, these coaches have been pivotal in shaping the trajectory of the franchise. Let’s delve into the figures who have been at the helm of the Blue Jackets:

1 – Dave King (2000–2003)

Born in 1947 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. King did not play in the NHL. He also coached the Calgary Flames (1992–1995) and served as an assistant for the Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes.

2 – Doug MacLean (2003–2004)

Born in 1954 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. MacLean did not play in the NHL but served as a head coach for the Florida Panthers (1995–1997) and also had a stint as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings.

3 – Gerard Gallant (2003–2007)

Born in 1963 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Gallant played for the Detroit Red Wings (1984–1993) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–1995). He also coached the Florida Panthers (2014–2016) and the Vegas Golden Knights (2017–2020).

4 – Ken Hitchcock (2006–2010)

Born in 1951 in Edmonton, Alberta. Hitchcock did not play in the NHL. He also coached the Dallas Stars (1995–2002, 2017–2018), Philadelphia Flyers (2002–2006), St. Louis Blues (2011–2017), and the Edmonton Oilers.

5 – Scott Arniel (2010–2012)

Born in 1962 in Kingston, Ontario. Arniel played for the Winnipeg Jets (1981–1986, 1990–1991), Buffalo Sabres (1986–1990), and Boston Bruins (1991–1992). He also served as an assistant coach for the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks.

6 – Todd Richards (2012–2015)

Born in 1966 in Crystal, Minnesota. Richards played for the Hartford Whalers (1990–1992). He also coached the Minnesota Wild (2009–2011) and served as an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

7 – John Tortorella (2015–2021)

Born in 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tortorella did not play in the NHL. He has also coached the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–2008), New York Rangers (2008–2013), and Vancouver Canucks (2013–2014).

8 – Brad Larsen (2021 -2023)

Larsen was born on born June 28, 1977. He hails from the city of Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada. He has played for the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers.

9 – Mike Babcock (2023 – present)

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