In his second season as Head Coach of the Wheeling Nailers, John Brophy hascoached 12 seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and 27 seasons overall atall levels, including the National Hockey League.
With the retirement of the Detroit Red Wings’ Scotty Bowman, Brophy is theall-time winningest active coach in professional hockey, and second all-timein career wins behind only Bowman. Brophy recorded his 1000th professionalcoaching victory on March 30, 2002 when Wheeling beat Dayton, 3-0, at theWheeling Civic Center on the final day of the regular season.
Brophy has won more regular season games and more postseason games than anycoach in ECHL history. In 12 ECHL seasons, Brophy is 452-282-76 in theregular season and 55-39 in the postseason. He coached Hampton Roads for 11seasons leading the Admirals to a 416-250-72 record in the regular season,including division titles in 1991 and 1994, and a berth in the postseasonall 11 years. Hampton Roads won back-to-back ECHL titles in 1991 and 1992and won its third title in 1998.
After a 20-year playing career with several different minor league teams,Brophy began his coaching career with the Long Island Cougars (NAHL) in1973-74. The following season he moved to Hampton Roads to coach the HamptonGulls (SHL). He guided the Gulls from 1974-77 and in 1977-78 he was behindthe bench when the Gulls moved to the American Hockey League. When the Gullsceased operations, Brophy moved to the Birmingham Bulls where he garneredWHA Coach of the Year honors. Brophy led the Montreal Canadiens affiliate,the Nova Scotia Voyagers from 1981-84. Brophy served as an assistant coachwith the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1984-85 and was named head coach of theMaple Leafs minor league club, the St. Catherines Saints the next season.The next year, Brophy took over as head coach of the Maple Leafs until1988-89.
Brophy and his wife, Nancy, make their home in Wheeling. Nancy White-Brophyplayed on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour.