New Jersey Devils: Jacques Lemaire
The Devils have actually seen a lot of success since moving from Colorado in 1982, with multiple championships all under different coaches each time they’ve won them. This is probably one of the more difficult decisions made on this list. While Larry Robinson and Pat Quinn can easily be on this list, Jacques Lemaire edges out the both of them.
Lemaire came on board to New Jersey in 1993 after four consecutive first round exits, and right away you could see the difference for the Devils. The Devils finally broke through to round two with a seven game over the Sabres, and advanced all the way to the conference finals before losing a historic seven game series to the Rangers.
The next season? The Devils absolutely ran through the competition after winning the Eastern Conference, and lost only four games enroute to the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Their sweep over the heavily favored Red Wings is one of the finest New Jersey sports moments to ever exist.
Lemaire remained with the Devils until 1998, before leaving to coach the expansion Minnesota Wild. Lemaire returned to the Devils in the 2009-10 season.
Lemaire announced his retirement as a head coach in the NHL on April 26, 2010, but next season, Lemaire once again took over as head coach in New Jersey mid-season and actually almost snuck the team into the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they had one of the worst starts to the season in recent history.