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08-10-2012, 09:19 PM
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Bun Cook !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Hockey Hall of Fame (1995)
AHL Hall of Fame (2007)

7 x Calder Cup Champion (1938, 1940, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1954)
3 x Calder Cup Finalist (1944, 1946, 1950)

10 x Regular Season Title (1938, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)

6 x AHL First Team All-Star (1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1945)
AHL Second Team All-Star (1943)

Statistical Accomplishments:
636-413-122 in 1171 AHL games (.595)
75-61 in 136 AHL playoff games (.551)

Qualified for playoffs in 18 of 19 seasons

Originally Posted by Fred Glover
Bun Cook could teach you things you didn’t know existed. He never really got upset about anything either. He was always calm, cool and collected and he kept his players like that.
Originally Posted by Forgotten Glory: The Story of Cleveland Barons Hockey
Bun was noted as a master strategist and a great developer and motivator of young players. While brother Bill was an explosive coach who could lose his temper quickly, Bun was more soft-spoken and took a fatherly approach in motivating his players. Bun would never bawl out a player in front of his teammates. Instead, he would rather sit down next to a player in the locker room after a game and quietly discuss that player's mistakes and build up his confidence... he could be tough as nails if the situation so merited.

Cook was a big believer in experience in pressure situations. He was consistent with this philosophy all through his coaching career.

The Barons gave up on the Right winger a little too soon. Whitey never developed into a big scorer in Cleveland because Bun Cook constantly drummed it into his head to think backcheck before scoring.

Ceresino was one of the most improved players during the early going. One of the league's fastest skaters, Ray had a habit of skating too close to the boards when carrying the puck. This made it easy to take him out of plays. After working tirelessly with coach Bun Cook, the quick winger was able to adjust his style to using all of the ice on his side of play. This adjustment allowed him to use his great speed and become more elusive. The goals naturally followed.

It was no secret to insiders that there were strained relations between Cook and vice president and GM Jim Hendy. They didn't see eye to eye on a number of issues. The tempest in the teapot centered around Cook's handling of players. The coach took a fatherly approach toward his team. Obviously, it worked. Cook won more championships than any other coach in the game. Still, Hendy thought he should have won more. He, and many of the team's stockholders, thought that Cook was too soft on his players... So Bun Cook was gone. One of the game's truly great gentlemen, he took with him a legendary coaching record... The greatest coach in AHL history would be missed in Cleveland. He was one of sport's most well-liked figures, beloved by players and fans alike.
Originally Posted by AHL Hall of Fame
Following a storied playing career in the National Hockey League that earned him an honored place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Fred “Bun” Cook carved a legacy in the American Hockey League as the most prolific coach ever to work an AHL bench.

Cook was a popular player in the early days of the NHL, known as one-third of the famous Bread Line (with brother Bill Cook and Frank Boucher) with the New York Rangers in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He was also recognized as an early innovator in the evolution of the game of hockey, including helping to introduce the slap shot and the drop pass.

A native of Kingston, Ont., Cook retired in 1937 and became head coach of the AHL’s Providence Reds, leading the team to the Calder Cup championship in his first season. Two years later, Cook’s Reds won another Calder Cup, and in 1942, he coached the Eastern Division team in the first AHL All-Star Game, a benefit to raise funds for American and Canadian efforts in World War II. Cook also put himself back on the ice while in Providence, playing a total of 37 regular-season games during his six years with the Reds.

In 1943, Bun Cook took over for his brother Bill behind the bench of the Cleveland Barons and soon solidified his reputation as one of the most popular and successful teachers in the sport. His 13 seasons in Cleveland saw the Barons dominate as a perennial power in the AHL, including seven first-place finishes in the regular season and five more Calder Cup championships.

Cook retired from the AHL in 1956, following his 11th trip to the Calder Cup Finals. He led his team to the postseason in 18 of his 19 seasons and finished with a record of 636-413-122 (.595), still leaving him as the winningest head coach in league history. His incredible seven Calder Cup championships are by far the most ever by an AHL coach; no one else in league history has won more than three. Cook also ranks second all-time with 1,171 games coached and second with 75 postseason victories.

Cook passed away in 1988 at the age of 84, and was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
After his playing career, Cook turned to coaching. As a rookie bench boss in 1937-38, he led the Providence Reds to the American Hockey League's Calder Cup championship, a feat he duplicated in 1939-40. In 1943-44, Cook moved behind the bench of the Cleveland Barons of the same league and guided that team to an incredible five Calder Cup triumphs before he retired from minor pro hockey in 1956. Cook went down in history as one of the most popular and successful coaches in AHL history.

Cook spent the 1956-57 schedule as coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. The following three seasons he steered the Kingston Frontenacs of the Eastern Professional Hockey League. Cook's outstanding hockey career came to a close in 1961, when he stepped down as coach of the Kingston Frontenacs.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey – One on One with Bun Cook
Bun coached the Providence Reds from 1937-38 until 1942-43, winning the AHL's Eastern Division title three times and the Calder Cup twice (1938 and 1940). He then joined the Cleveland Barons between 1943-44 and 1955-56, coaching the team to seven divisional titles and five Calder Cup championships.

He coached in the Eastern Professional Hockey League for two seasons before retiring in 1958.
Originally Posted by International Hockey Hall of Fame
Bun Cook retired as a player after a brief stint with the Boston Bruins in the 1936-37 NHL season. he went on to a highly successful career as a coach in the American Hockey League with Providence and Cleveland. He led his teams to the playoffs in 18 0f 19 seasons he coached and his teams won seven league championships, the most championship wins by a coach in the history of the AHL (no other AHL coach has won more than three). His 636 coaching wins likewise are the most in AHL history.
Originally Posted by Hockey In Provedence
With Bun Cook gone, the Reds suffered through four consecutive losing seasons, from 1943-44 to 1946-47, missing the postseason in every year but 1945-46.

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