Wild's Lemaire the best of the rest

With Scotty Bowman in retirement, SportsNation tabs the best of the rest.

Updated: January 8, 2003, 1:39 PM ET
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Scotty Bowman was the Secretariat of NHL coaches -- he didn't win all of the time, just most of it.

 Scotty Bowman
Sure, others had won coach of the year. But with nine Cups, no one was better every year.
He is the NHL's leader in all-time wins during the regular season (1,244) and playoffs (223). He is the only coach to lead four teams (St. Louis, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit) to the Stanley Cup finals. He has coached more regular-season games (2,141) than anyone in the history of the league and has won the Jack Adams Award twice (1977 and 1996). He was inducted as a builder into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

On June 13, Bowman broke Toe Blake's record by winning his ninth Stanley Cup as head coach -- his third with the Red Wings -- and retired during the on-ice celebration as the best coach in the history of the league.

So we asked SportsNation: Now that Bowman has retired, who is the best coach in the NHL?

Here is how you responded:

Total Votes: 59,841

PCT. COACH, TEAM
27.6% Jacques Lemaire, Minnesota Wild
17.2% Ron Wilson, San Jose Sharks
7.5% Marc Crawford, Vancouver Canucks
5.3% Joel Quenneville, St. Louis Blues
5.1% Dave Lewis, Detroit Red Wings
4.3% Ken Hitchcock, Philadelphia Flyers
3.2% Robbie Ftorek, Boston Bruins
3.0% Pat Quinn, Toronto Maple Leafs
3.0% Bob Francis, Phoenix Coyotes
2.6% Andy Murray, Los Angeles Kings
2.4% Paul Maurice, Carolina Hurricanes
2.4% Peter Laviolette, New York Islanders
2.2% Brian Sutter, Chicago Blackhawks
1.9% Jacques Martin, Ottawa Senators
1.7% Pat Burns, New Jersey Devils
1.4% Dave Tippett, Dallas Stars
1.3% Bryan Trottier, New York Rangers
1.2% Tony Granato, Colorado Avalanche
1.0% Mike Keenan, Florida Panthers
0.9% Michel Therrien, Montreal Canadiens
0.8% Craig MacTavish, Edmonton Oilers
0.7% John Tortorella, Tampa Bay Lightning
0.7% Rick Kehoe, Pittsburgh Penguins
0.5% Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres
0.4% Darryl Sutter, Calgary Flames*
0.4% Mike Babcock, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
0.3% Bruce Cassidy, Washington Capitals
0.3% Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators
0.3% Dave King, Columbus Blue Jackets
0.2% Curt Fraser, Atlanta Thrashers**
* -- hired during polling. ** -- fired during polling.