Too old to coach?
Pierre LeBrun has a good piece on Sportsnet.ca today that includes a chat with Pat Quinn, who is still looking to get back into the NHL coaching game. With an opening in Atlanta, he may suddenly get that shot:
At 64, some wonder whether the game has passed him by and whether he'll get another shot. I disagree that his age is a problem, and obviously so does he.Quinn would be the oldest coach in the NHL if he returned to the ranks: The only other over-60 bench boss is Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire, who turned 62 in training camp. Toronto's Paul Maurice is the youngest coach in the league at 40.
"No I don't think that's a key thing," Quinn said. "It has nothing to do with my mind or my progressiveness in the game. I've often been ahead of the curve on a lot of things, and still feel the same way. I haven't lost that desire to find ways to help clubs win hockey games and help players get better. As far as age, my health is terrific and I still have that edge. If you look at other sports, clearly in baseball and in football, it doesn't seem to impede some of the guys that are running teams there. ...
"In fact the older, more experienced hand in certain situations might be the best way to go."
There certainly is a range where coaches fall, and it's not exactly a job for a spry youngster. The average age of the 29 current NHL coaches is right around 49, and there are 10 who are 50 or older. (Not that that's old, Dad.)
Forty to 50 seems to be the common range, although only five are under 45:
|Coach||Team||Birthdate||Age||Games coached||Games played|
Some of my NHL games coached numbers are a bit off, as I couldn't find one official source, so if you have the actual totals, feel free to fill me in.