The passion that our NHL coaches have for the game – what they’ve committed their lives to – is extremely inspiring. That passion drives them, and it’s what drives all coaches.
Leading, motivating, inspiring passion, building trust – that is what it means to be a coach.
The NHLCA provides support and assistance to the more than 200 head, associate, assistant, goaltending, and video coaches of the 32 teams in the National Hockey League.
Together with our members, the NHLCA seeks to develop future coaches, give back to the hockey community, and grow the game of hockey globally.
Meet the Coaches
With millions of hockey fans throughout North America and the world, NHL coaches are the leaders who help bring the game to life. Integral to the game of hockey, NHL coaches are revered around the world for their leadership, perseverance, and ability to deliver results.
Meet the 200+ NHL coaches that form the NHL Coaches’ Association.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper at 10 years: Inside a rare NHL run and a message that ‘doesn’t seem to get old’
The toughest speech Jon Cooper has ever given his Lightning team was the first one.
David Quinn Named Head Coach of 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team
David Quinn, currently in his first season as the Head Coach of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, has been named Head Coach of the 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team.
Black Bears assistant Weiss makes more history in NAHL
This past weekend, Kimberly Weiss of the NAHL’s Maryland Black Bears became the FIRST woman in North American junior hockey to serve as a Head Coach as she led the Maryland Black Bears to three consecutive wins over the Johnstown Tomahawks.
‘There’s No Better Feeling’
Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar is thrilled to have extended his contract through the 2026-27 season.
One of our primary objectives is to help in the development of all hockey coaches from the youth level up to the highest levels of hockey. Together with our NHL coaches, we are committed to supporting coaches in their initiatives of guiding, motivating, and inspiring players of all ages.
Explore our current programs:
NHLCA Mentorship Program
NHLCA Female Coaches Development Program
NHLCA BIPOC Coaches Program
About the NHLCA
The NHL Coaches’ Association is a professional organization that provides support and assistance to the head, associate, assistant, goalie, and video coaches of all 32 teams in the National Hockey League.