SAN JOSE, CA – Tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Head Coach Todd McLellan will coach his 435th game behind the Sharks bench, making him the franchise’s all-time leader in games coached, surpassing Darryl Sutter (434 games).
McLellan is already the franchise’s leader in wins (256), winning percentage (.590) and points percentage (.652).
Since being named head coach of the Sharks on June 12, 2008, McLellan has posted a 256-124-54 record, the third-best points percentage of any NHL team in that span (behind only Chicago and Pittsburgh). Under his leadership, the Sharks have posted four 40-plus win seasons, had three 100-point seasons, captured a Presidents’ Trophy (2009), three Pacific Division titles and made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final (2010, 2011) while playing in ten Stanley Cup Playoff rounds.
In his first four seasons as an NHL head coach (2008-2012), McLellan notched more wins than any other coach in League history (195). He posted the second-most wins (236) in his first 400 games of any NHL coach in League history (Bruce Boudreau, 238) and was the second-fastest coach in NHL history to reach 250 wins (424 games, behind Boudreau; 416 games). Furthermore, he became the second-fastest NHL coach to win 200 games.
In his first season as an NHL head coach (2008-09), McLellan was named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy and became just the sixth rookie NHL coach (and first since 1990) to lead his team to the Presidents’ Trophy for the best overall regular season record (53-18-11). Only Tom Johnson’s 1970-71 Boston Bruins won more home games (33) than McLellan’s Sharks (32) and the team’s 53 wins placed him tied for second behind Johnson (57 wins) for most overall coaching wins by a rookie head coach. In addition, McLellan’s .713 points percentage ranks third all-time among first year bench bosses with at least 80 games coached.
He has twice been tabbed to serve as head coach for one of the NHL’s All-Star Squads (2012-Team Alfredsson; 2009-Western Conference).
Prior to joining San Jose, McLellan spent three seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings. During that span, no NHL team won more games (162) or earned more standings points (352) than Detroit. One of McLellan’s key responsibilities was working with the Red Wings power play, which finished third in the NHL in 2007-08 (20.7) and first in 2005-06 (22.1).
In his eight seasons coaching in the NHL with San Jose and Detroit, McLellan’s teams have won one Stanley Cup (2008 with Detroit), three Presidents’ Trophies (2006 and 2008 with Detroit – finishing second overall in 2007, tying the Buffalo Sabres for first in points (113) but having three fewer wins – and 2009 with San Jose), four appearances in the Western Conference Final (2007, 2008 with Detroit and 2010, 2011 with San Jose) and six division titles.