I said at the start of this list that I wouldn't put anyone on it that didn't have a winning percentage because it seemed like a little more than an oxymoron.
However, when it came to deciding who was the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs coach of all time, I just couldn't ignore a man who had won no less than five Stanley Cups with the club!
Pat Quinn holds the honor of owning the highest winning percentage (.591) of any other coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs except for Frank Carroll whose winning percentage was a lofty .625. In all fairness to Quinn however, Carroll only coached 24 games with the Leafs.
Frank Carroll was head coach of the Toronto St. Patricks ( now the Maple Leafs ) but was also their trainer in 1918 when he won a cup with then coach and brother Dick Carroll.
Pat Quinn arrived to Toronto in 1997 and assumed the head coaches role for the 1998-99 season. A well respected bench boss already, great things were expected from the Leafs that year and they delivered. In his first season as Toronto Maple Leafs head coach, Quinn helped guide his new club to a 97 point season, a 28 point improvement over the previous season under Mike Murphy.
Quin would remain coach of the Leafs for six more season and qualify for the post season six of his seven seasons with the club including two conference final appearances.
Quinn also holds the distinction of being the only coach in Leafs history to have a 100+ point season. Pat Quinn actually accomplished this feat three times while with the Leafs and remains fourth on the all time list of winningest NHL coaches.
Quinn's NHL coaching record also includes 11 first-round playoff series wins in 16 seasons. Quinn is known for promoting a rugged puck possession oriented style of offensive hockey.
The only complaint that people ever had about hi coaching style was that he didn't focus enough on the defensive side of the puck.
Hap Day is the only coach on this list with an over all losing record. One of the most renowned Leafs personalities of all time, Day has his name on the Stanley Cup seven times as a Toronto Maple Leaf. One as captain of the Leafs in 1932, five more as head coach and one as assistant GM in 1951
Though as a player, Day is most well known as a defense man, his first season as a pro he actually played left wing on a line with none other than Jack Adams and Babe Dye.
As a player he would captain the team for 11 years before becoming the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1940.
Despite all of his success as head coach Day only managed a .462 winning percentage though manages still to this day to hold the number two spot for number of wins in franchise history second to the legendary Punch Imlach.
Hap Day was also the coach of perhaps the greatest comeback in the history of the Stanley Cup Final.
During the 1942 playoff final, the Leafs had lost the first three games of the finals to Detroit but stormed back to win four in a row and claim the Stanley Cup.
All of the men on this list deserve their places. All are Hall of Famers, either as coaches or builders with the exception of Burns and Quinn but I feel safe in saying they they too will be inducted.