Jack Adams Award

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Jack Adams Award
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Sport Ice hockey
Given for National Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."[1]
First award 1974
Most recent John Tortorella

The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success." The league's Coach of the Year award has been presented 40 times to 34 different coaches. The winner is selected by a poll of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association at the end of the regular season. Five coaches have won the award twice, while Pat Burns has won three times, the most of any coach. The award is named in honor of Jack Adams, Hall of Fame player for the Toronto Arenas/St. Patricks, Vancouver Millionaires and Ottawa Senators, and long-time Coach and General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings. It was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1973–74 regular season.

Jacques Demers is the only coach to win the award in consecutive seasons. Five coaches have won the award with two different teams: Jacques Lemaire, Pat Quinn, Scotty Bowman, and John Tortorella have won the award twice, while Pat Burns is the only coach to win three times. The franchises with the most Jack Adams Award winners are the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes with four winners each, although the Coyotes had two winners in Winnipeg before they moved to Arizona. Bill Barber, Bruce Boudreau and Ken Hitchcock are the only coaches to win the award after replacing the head coach who started the season. Barber took over for Craig Ramsay during the Flyers' 2000–01 season, Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon a month into the Capitals' 2007–08 season while Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne a month into the Blues' 2011–12 season. The closest vote occurred in 2006, when the winner Lindy Ruff edged out Peter Laviolette by a single point.[2]


Scotty Bowman, winner for the 1976–77 and 1995–96 NHL seasons
Marc Crawford, winner for the 1994–95 NHL season
Ted Nolan, winner for the 1996–97 NHL season
Lindy Ruff, winner for the 2005–06 NHL season
Jack Adams Award winners
Season Winner Team Win #
1973–74 Shero, FredFred Shero[a] Philadelphia Flyers 1
1974–75 Pulford, BobBob Pulford Los Angeles Kings 1
1975–76 Cherry, DonDon Cherry Boston Bruins 1
1976–77 Bowman, ScottyScotty Bowman[a][b] Montreal Canadiens 1
1977–78 Kromm, BobbyBobby Kromm Detroit Red Wings 1
1978–79 Arbour, AlAl Arbour[b] New York Islanders 1
1979–80 Quinn, PatPat Quinn[b][c] Philadelphia Flyers 1
1980–81 Berenson, RedRed Berenson St. Louis Blues 1
1981–82 Watt, TomTom Watt Winnipeg Jets 1
1982–83 Tessier, OrvalOrval Tessier Chicago Blackhawks 1
1983–84 Murray, BryanBryan Murray Washington Capitals 1
1984–85 Keenan, MikeMike Keenan[b][c] Philadelphia Flyers 1
1985–86 Sather, GlenGlen Sather[b] Edmonton Oilers 1
1986–87 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Detroit Red Wings 1
1987–88 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Detroit Red Wings 2
1988–89 Burns, PatPat Burns[c] Montreal Canadiens 1
1989–90 Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch Winnipeg Jets 1
1990–91 Sutter, BrianBrian Sutter St. Louis Blues 1
1991–92 Quinn, PatPat Quinn Vancouver Canucks 2
1992–93 Burns, PatPat Burns Toronto Maple Leafs 2
1993–94 Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire New Jersey Devils 1
1994–95 Crawford, MarcMarc Crawford Quebec Nordiques 1
1995–96 Bowman, ScottyScotty Bowman[b] Detroit Red Wings 2
1996–97 Nolan, TedTed Nolan Buffalo Sabres 1
1997–98 Burns, PatPat Burns Boston Bruins 3
1998–99 Martin, JacquesJacques Martin Ottawa Senators 1
1999–2000 Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville[b] St. Louis Blues 1
2000–01 Barber, BillBill Barber[d] Philadelphia Flyers 1
2001–02 Francis, BobBob Francis Phoenix Coyotes 1
2002–03 Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire Minnesota Wild 2
2003–04 Tortorella, JohnJohn Tortorella[a] Tampa Bay Lightning 1
2004–05[e] &
2005–06 Ruff, LindyLindy Ruff Buffalo Sabres 1
2006–07 Vigneault, AlainAlain Vigneault Vancouver Canucks 1
2007–08 Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau[d] Washington Capitals 1
2008–09 Julien, ClaudeClaude Julien Boston Bruins 1
2009–10 Tippett, DaveDave Tippett Phoenix Coyotes 1
2010–11 Bylsma, DanDan Bylsma Pittsburgh Penguins 1
2011–12 Hitchcock, KenKen Hitchcock[d] St. Louis Blues 1
2012–13 MacLean, PaulPaul MacLean Ottawa Senators 1
2013–14 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 1
2014–15 Hartley, BobBob Hartley Calgary Flames 1
2015–16 Trotz, BarryBarry Trotz[b] Washington Capitals 1
2016–17 Tortorella, JohnJohn Tortorella Columbus Blue Jackets 2
  1. ^ a b c Coaches whose teams won the Stanley Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Teams who had best overall record in regular season (Presidents' Trophy awarded to team with best overall record since 1985–86)
  3. ^ a b c Coaches whose teams lost the Stanley Cup final round
  4. ^ a b c Coaches whose teams replaced the coach that started the season
  5. ^ Not awarded due to the lockout

See also


  1. ^ "Jack Adams Award". National Hockey League. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Thornton, Lidstrom, Ovechkin win at NHL awards". ESPN. June 23, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 

External links

  • "Jack Adams Award". NHL. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  • "President's Trophy". NHL. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  • "Stanley Cup Champions and Finalists". NHL. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
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