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Anybody who tuned in to watch the 24/7 HBO series easily can see why Dan Bylsma was the popular choice. Others like Dave Tippet and Guy Boucher are players' coaches, while Mike Babcock and Joel Quenneville are demanding, but fair.
Questions for the poll were written by Hockey Night in Canada and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). The questions were circulated to players by the NHLPA. The responses were compiled by staff members of the NHLPA and forwarded to Hockey Night in Canada. 318 players responded to the questionnaire.