Complete List Of Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coaches In Order

List Of Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coaches In Order

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Complete List Of Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coaches In Order looks at one of the “Original Six” teams of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a cornerstone of professional ice hockey since their inception in 1917 as the Toronto Arenas. Throughout their history, they have been guided by a distinguished roster of coaches, each contributing to the team’s lore and success. Let’s delve into the legacy of leadership that has shaped the iconic Maple Leafs:

1 – Dick Carroll (1917-1919)

Born in 1885 in Guelph, Ontario. Carroll didn’t have an NHL playing career. Besides the Leafs (then Arenas and later St. Patricks), he coached the Hamilton Tigers (1922–1923).

2 – Frank Heffernan (1919-1920)

Born in 1894 in Berwick, Nova Scotia. He didn’t play in the NHL. This was the only NHL team he coached.

3 – George O’Donoghue (1920-1921)

Born in 1887 in Sillery, Quebec. O’Donoghue didn’t play in the NHL. He did not coach any other NHL teams.

4 – Charles Querrie (1921-1927)

Born in 1877 in Markham, Ontario. Querrie had no NHL playing or other coaching stints.

5 – Alex Romeril (1927)

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, he was born in 1893. Romeril didn’t play in the NHL and didn’t coach any other NHL teams.

6 – Conn Smythe (1927)

Born in 1895 in Toronto, Ontario. He didn’t play in the NHL. Apart from his major contribution as an executive, Smythe’s coaching stint was limited to this brief period.

7 – Art Duncan (1927-1929)

Born in 1891 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Duncan played for the Vancouver Millionaires (1919–1926). He also coached the Detroit Cougars (1929–1930).

8 – Joe Primeau (1950-1953)

Born in 1906 in Lindsay, Ontario. Primeau played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1927-1936). This was his only NHL coaching role.

9 – King Clancy (1953-1956)

Born in 1903 in Ottawa, Ontario. Clancy played for the Ottawa Senators (1921–1930) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–1936). This was his only NHL coaching position.

10 – Billy Reay (1957-1959)

Born in 1918 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Reay played for the Montreal Canadiens (1940–1946). He also coached the Chicago Black Hawks (1963–1977).

11 – Punch Imlach (1959-1969, 1979-1980)

Born in 1918 in Toronto, Ontario. Imlach didn’t play in the NHL. He also coached the Quebec Nordiques (1972–1973).

12 – John McLellan (1969-1973)

Born in 1925 in High River, Alberta. McLellan didn’t have an NHL playing career. He also coached the Colorado Rockies (1977–1979).

13 – Red Kelly (1973-1977)

Born in 1927 in Simcoe, Ontario. Kelly played for the Detroit Red Wings (1947-1960) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1960-1967). Apart from the Leafs, he coached the Los Angeles Kings (1967–1969) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–1973).

14 – Roger Neilson (1977-1979)

Born in 1934 in Toronto, Ontario. Neilson never played in the NHL. He coached various teams including the Buffalo Sabres (1980–1981), Vancouver Canucks (1982–1984), Los Angeles Kings (1984), New York Rangers (1989–1993), Florida Panthers (1993–1995), and Philadelphia Flyers (1999–2000).

15 – Floyd Smith (1980-1981)

Born in 1935 in Perth, Ontario. Smith played for the Boston Bruins (1954–1955), New York Rangers (1955–1957), Detroit Red Wings (1961–1963, 1965–1966), and Toronto Maple Leafs (1963–1968). He also coached the Buffalo Sabres (1974–1977).

16 – Mike Nykoluk (1981-1984)

Born in 1934 in Toronto, Ontario. Nykoluk played for the Chicago Black Hawks (1956–1967) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–1975). This was his only NHL coaching role.

17 – Dan Maloney (1984-1986)

Born in 1950 in Barrie, Ontario. Maloney played for the Chicago Black Hawks (1970–1972), Los Angeles Kings (1972–1975), Detroit Red Wings (1975–1978), and Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–1982). He also coached the Winnipeg Jets (1986–1989).

18 – John Brophy (1986-1988)

Born in 1933 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Brophy never played in the NHL. Apart from the Leafs, he didn’t coach any other NHL teams.

19 – George Armstrong (1988-1989)

Born in 1930 in Skead, Ontario. Armstrong played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1949-1971). This was his only NHL coaching role.

20 – Doug Carpenter (1989-1991)

Born in 1942 in Cornwall, Ontario. Carpenter didn’t have an NHL playing career. He also coached the New Jersey Devils (1984–1988) and Quebec Nordiques (1991–1992).

21 – Tom Watt (1991-1992)

Born in 1935 in Toronto, Ontario. Watt never played in the NHL. He also coached the Winnipeg Jets (1981–1984) and Vancouver Canucks (1987–1991).

22 – Pat Burns (1992-1996)

Born in 1952 in Montreal, Quebec. Burns didn’t play in the NHL. He coached the Montreal Canadiens (1988–1992), Boston Bruins (1997–2000), and New Jersey Devils (2002–2004).

23 – Mike Murphy (1996-1998)

Born in 1950 in Toronto, Ontario. Murphy didn’t play in the NHL. Apart from coaching the Leafs, he also helmed the Los Angeles Kings (1986–1989).

24 – Pat Quinn (1998-2006)

Born in 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario. Quinn played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–1970), Vancouver Canucks (1970–1972), and Atlanta Flames (1972–1977). He coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1978–1982), Los Angeles Kings (1984–1986), Vancouver Canucks (1991–1996), and the Edmonton Oilers (2009–2010).

25 – Paul Maurice (2006-2008)

Born in 1967 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Maurice never played in the NHL. He has also coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes (1995–2003, 2008–2012) and the Winnipeg Jets (2013-2021).

26 – Ron Wilson (2008-2012)

Born in 1955 in Windsor, Ontario. Wilson played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–1980) and the Minnesota North Stars (1980–1983). He has coached the Anaheim Ducks (1993–1997), Washington Capitals (1997–2002), San Jose Sharks (2002–2008), and Team USA in various international tournaments.

27 – Randy Carlyle (2012-2015)

Born in 1956 in Sudbury, Ontario. Carlyle played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–1978), Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–1984), and Winnipeg Jets (1984–1993). He also coached the Anaheim Ducks (2005–2011, 2016–2019).

28 – Peter Horachek (2015, Interim)

Born in 1960 in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Horachek never played in the NHL. He also served as an interim head coach for the Florida Panthers (2013–2014) and has held numerous assistant coach roles in the league.

29 – Mike Babcock (2015-2019)

Born in 1963 in Manitouwadge, Ontario. Babcock never played in the NHL. He has coached the Anaheim Ducks (2002–2004), Detroit Red Wings (2005–2015), and was involved in coaching Team Canada to gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

30 – Sheldon Keefe (2019-present)

Born in 1980 in Brampton, Ontario. Keefe played for the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–2003). Before taking on the role of head coach for the Leafs, he coached the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs

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