Who's the longest tenured NHL coach ever?

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  1. revolverjgw

    revolverjgw Registered User

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    Who is it? Lindy Ruff must be getting up there...
     
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    Al Arbour did ~20 seasons with the Islanders. Pretty sure that's your record.
     
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    Terry Simpson coach the Isles for a couple of years starting in 86, so Arbour's streak doesn't run 20 years.

    Jack Adams did coach Detroit for 20 straight though.
     
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    Do you mean consecutive years with one team?

    Some candidates without interruption:

    Jack Adams (1927-1947): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Coaches_of_the_Detroit_Red_Wings

    Billy Reay (1963-1976/77): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Coaches_of_the_Chicago_Blackhawks

    Toe Blake (1955-68): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Coaches_of_the_Canadiens

    Lester Patrick (1926-39): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Coaches_of_the_New_York_Rangers

    Al Arbour (1973-86): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Coaches_of_the_New_York_Islanders
     
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    I'm pretty sure Adams 20 years with Detroit is the record for one team.

    Art Ross had a brief 2 year hiatus where he didn't coach in the middle of his 20+year run with Boston.

    Dick Irvin coached for 26 years straight, though not with the same team
     
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    Yeah, tenure with one team. Ruff's not even close yet, I guess it just seemed that way to me because lately, few coaches seem to have a long run at all.
     

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