Gary Green (hockey coach)

Gary Green (hockey coach)

Gary Green (born August 23, 1953 in Tillsonburg, Ontario) is a former head coach of the Washington Capitals and hockey analyst for the NHL on TSN. He was previously head coach and GM of the OHA Peterborough Petes (1977–79) and coach of the AHL Hershey Bears (1979–80). He won the Coach of the Year award in 1979. When Green replaced Danny Belisle as head coach of the Capitals during the 1979–80 NHL season, he was 26, making him the youngest head coach in NHL history.

After getting fired by the Capitals in 1982, Green joined the USA Network as an analyst on their NHL telecasts. In 1984, he joined TSN, where he stayed until 2004. With TSN, he covered college hockey, Canada Cup Hockey, NHL hockey and IIHF events, notably the World Junior Championships and World Championships. He also covered the NHL Entry Draft from 1990-1998. In 1995, he also worked on a few NHL telecasts for Fox. In addition to national television duties, he has acted as a colour commentator for regional TV broadcasts of the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens.

In recent years, he has coached the Canadian entry at the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland, and provided analysis for the NHL Network and NHL Radio.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Washington Capitals 1979-80 64 23 30 11 (67) 5th in Patrick Did not qualify
Washington Capitals 1980-81 80 26 36 18 70 5th in Patrick Did not qualify
Washington Capitals 1981-82 13 1 12 0 52 5th in Patrick (fired)
NHL Total 157 50 78 29

External links

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  • The Internet Hockey Database
  • NHL Network bio
Preceded by
Danny Belisle
Head coach of the Washington Capitals
Succeeded by
Roger Crozier