The Atlanta Thrashers are an American professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] The team joined the NHL in 1999 as an expansion team. The Thrashers have played their home games at the Philips Arena since their inaugural season.[2] The Thrashers are owned by Atlanta Spirit, LLC, and Rick Dudley is their general manager.[3]

There have been five head coaches for the Thrashers franchise. The team's first head coach was Curt Fraser, who coached for three seasons. Bob Hartley is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (291), the most regular-season game wins (136), the most regular-season points (309), and the only Thrashers head coach to coach playoff game with 4. All of the Thrashers head coaches except for Hartley have spent their entire NHL head coaching careers with the Thrashers. John Anderson was the head coach of the Thrashers from 2008 to 2010.[4] Craig Ramsay has been the head coach since 2010.[5]


# Number of coaches
GC Games coached
W Wins = 2 points
L Losses = 0 points
T Ties = 1 point
OT Overtime/shootout losses = 1 point[
PTS Points
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Thrashers


Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2009–10 season.

# Name Term[c] Regular season Playoffs Achievements
GC W L T/OT PTS Win% GC W L Win%
1 Curt Fraser* 1999–2002 279 64 169 46 174 .312
2 Don Waddelll* 2002–2003 10 4 5 1 9 .450
3 Bob Hartley 2003–2007 291 136 118 37 309 .531 4 0 4 .000
Don Waddell* 2007–2008 76 34 34 8 76 .500
4 John Anderson* 2008–2010 164 70 75 19 159 .482
5 Craig Ramsay 2010–present 0 0 0 0 0 .000


  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Thrashers. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[1]
  • c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.