This season, Mike Babcock became Detroit’s all-time leader for wins as a head coach. He passed both Scotty Bowman and Jack Adams this year to reach that feat. It’s hard to believe that Babs hasn’t won a trophy named after Coach Adams in his tenure with the Red Wings, even though he has lead the team to multiple Presidents’ trophies and Stanley Cup Finals.
Red Wings fans have been lucky to have some good coaches lead the team over the years. The Illitch and Norris families have employed some of the best coaches the league has ever seen. Let’s take a look at the Top 9 wins leaders as a head coach.
9. Dave Lewis (2002-2005)- 100 wins
8. Jimmy Skinner (1954-1958)- 123 wins
7. Bryan Murray (1990-1993)- 124 wins
6. Jacques Demers (1986-1990)- 137 wins
5. Tommy Ivan (1947-1954)- 262 wins
4. Sid Abel (1958-1968, 1969-1970)- 340 wins
3. Scotty Bowman (1993-2002)- 410 wins
1. Mike Babcock (2005-present)- 415 wins
Coaches and wins total courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Detroit_Red_Wings_head_coaches