Ranking All the NHL Coaches Who Used to Play

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Ranking All the NHL Coaches Who Used to Play
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Of the NHL's 30 current head coaches, 13 played 100 games or more at the NHL level. Let's look at how successful they were.

Some struggled to really stay in the NHL full-time, while others were first-round picks who enjoyed long and successful careers.

The criteria I looked at to rank the coaches include number of games played, seasons played, points and individual awards and distinctions (such as performance-based trophies, captaincy or All-Star team appearances).

To be clear, if the coach did not play at least 100 NHL games, he did not make the list. For instance, San Jose's Todd McLellan only played in five games at the NHL level and Philadelphia's Peter Laviolette only played in 12 NHL games.

Without any further delay, let's get started.

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