Complete List Of New Jersey Devils Head Coaches In Order

 List Of New Jersey Devils Head Coaches In Order

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The New Jersey Devils are one of the NHL’s storied franchises, originating as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974, then relocating to become the Colorado Rockies in 1976, before finally settling in New Jersey in 1982. Under the Devils banner, the team has boasted significant success, capturing three Stanley Cup Championships since their inception. The head coaches have been instrumental in forging this legacy, guiding the team through the highs and lows of the league. Let’s dive deep into the architects behind the Devils’ bench:

1 – Billy MacMillan (1982-1983)

Born in 1943 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. MacMillan played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1966–1974) and Atlanta Flames (1974–1976). He also coached the Colorado Rockies (1980–1981).

2 – Tom McVie (1983-1984)

Born in 1935 in Trail, British Columbia. McVie did not play in the NHL but coached the Washington Capitals (1975–1978), Winnipeg Jets (1978–1980, 1983–1984), and Boston Bruins (1991–1992).

3 – Doug Carpenter (1984-1988)

Born in 1942 in Cornwall, Ontario. Carpenter did not play in the NHL. He also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–1991).

4 – Jim Schoenfeld (1987-1989)

Born in 1952 in Galt, Ontario. Schoenfeld played for the Buffalo Sabres (1972–1979), Detroit Red Wings (1979–1981), and Boston Bruins (1981–1982). He also coached the Buffalo Sabres (1985–1986), Washington Capitals (1993–1994), and Phoenix Coyotes (1997–1999).

5 – John Cunniff (1989-1991)

Born in 1944 in South Boston, Massachusetts. Cunniff played for the Boston Bruins (1965–1966, 1970–1971).

6 – Tom McVie (1991-1992)

(See entry #2 for details.)

7 – Herb Brooks (1992-1993)

Born in 1937 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brooks did not play in the NHL. He is most famously known for coaching the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team (“Miracle on Ice”). He also coached the New York Rangers (1981–1985) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1999–2000).

8 – Jacques Lemaire (1993-1998, 2009-2011)

Born in 1945 in LaSalle, Quebec. Lemaire played for the Montreal Canadiens (1967–1979). He also coached the Montreal Canadiens (1983–1985), Minnesota Wild (2000–2009), and was an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens.

9 – Robbie Ftorek (1998-2000)

Born in 1952 in Needham, Massachusetts. Ftorek played for the Detroit Red Wings (1972–1973) and Quebec Nordiques (1979–1981). He also coached the Los Angeles Kings (1987–1989) and Boston Bruins (2001–2003).

10 – Larry Robinson (2000-2002, 2005)

Born in 1951 in Winchester, Ontario. Robinson played for the Montreal Canadiens (1972–1989) and Los Angeles Kings (1989–1992). He also coached the Los Angeles Kings (1995–1999).

11 – Pat Burns (2002-2004)

Born in 1952 in Montreal, Quebec. Burns did not play in the NHL. He coached the Montreal Canadiens (1988–1992), Toronto Maple Leafs (1992–1996), and Boston Bruins (1997–2000).

12 – Lou Lamoriello (2005, 2007, 2015)

Born in 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. Lamoriello did not play in the NHL but has been a significant figure in the management side of the sport. He’s best known for his executive roles with the Devils, and while he didn’t regularly serve as head coach, he did step in during moments of transition for the team.

13 – Claude Julien (2006-2007)

Born in 1960 in Blind River, Ontario. Julien played for the Quebec Nordiques (1984). He also coached the Montreal Canadiens (2002–2006, 2016–2021) and Boston Bruins (2007–2017), leading the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory in 2011.

14 – Brent Sutter (2007-2009)

Born in 1962 in Viking, Alberta. Sutter played for the New York Islanders (1980–1991) and Chicago Blackhawks (1991–1998). He also coached the Calgary Flames (2009–2012).

15 – Jacques Lemaire (2009-2011)

(Refer to entry #8 for details.)

16 – Peter DeBoer (2011-2015)

Born in 1968 in Dunnville, Ontario. DeBoer didn’t play in the NHL but has had an extensive coaching career, including roles with the Florida Panthers (2008–2011), San Jose Sharks (2015–2019), and Las Vegas Golden Knights (2020-present).

17 – John Hynes (2015-2019)

Born in 1975 in Warwick, Rhode Island. Hynes didn’t play in the NHL. After his stint with the Devils, he went on to coach the Nashville Predators (2020-present).

18 – Alain Nasreddine (2019-2020)

Born in 1975 in Montreal, Quebec. Nasreddine played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1998–1999), Montreal Canadiens (2000–2001), New York Islanders (2002–2006), and Pittsburgh Penguins (2006–2008). His head coaching tenure with the Devils was his first in the NHL, but he has been an assistant coach with various teams.

19 – Lindy Ruff (2020-Present as of 2021)

Born in 1960 in Warburg, Alberta. Ruff played for the Buffalo Sabres (1979–1989) and New York Rangers (1989–1991). He’s had a notable coaching career, leading the Buffalo Sabres (1997–2013) and Dallas Stars (2013–2017).

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