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.
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|
|Hartford Whalers||1982-83||49||12||32||5||(29)||5th in Adams||Missed Playoffs|
Awards and honorsEdit
|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|||
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
| Head coach of the Hartford Whalers