Larry Kish

Larry Kish (born December 11, 1941 in Welland, Ontario) is a former professional hockey coach. He was the head coach of the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League for 49 games during the 1982–83 NHL season.

Kish played minor hockey for Peterborough TPT Petes of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1958 to 1960. He later went on to play the 1963–64 season for Providence College.

He began his coaching career with the Lowell Chiefs in 1970. He coached the 1972–73 season with the Rhode Island Eagles. He coached two seasons with the Cape Codders of the North American Hockey League. During the 1975–76 season the Binghamton Dusters hired after the Cape Codders temporarily folded. He was let go after the 1977–78 season when the Dusters changed their affiliation to the Quebec Nordiques. From 1980–1982 he was the head coach of the Binghamton Whalers. After a 46–28–6 record in the 1981–82 AHL season, Kish's Whalers made it to the Calder Cup Finals, where they lost to the New Brunswick Hawks. Kish won the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL coach of the year. He was promoted to coach the parent club in Hartford for the 1982–83 season. After a lackluster 12–32–5 performance over the first 49 games, Kish was fired and replaced by his replacement in Binghamton, Larry Pleau. Pleau, ironically, had been the man Kish replaced as Hartford's head coach.

Kish spent from 1984–87 as head coach of the Nova Scotia Oilers, making the playoffs twice besides having three losing seasons. He later coached the Wheeling Thunderbirds of the ECHL during the 1995–96 season.

NHL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Hartford Whalers 1982-83 49 12 32 5 (29) 5th in Adams Missed Playoffs

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1962–63
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1963–64
AHCA East All-American 1963–64
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament First Team 1964
NCAA All-Tournament Second Team 1964 [1]


  1. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-19.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Larry Pleau
Head coach of the Hartford Whalers
Succeeded by
Larry Pleau