Jack Adams Award

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Jack Adams Award
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Current holder(s)Patrick Roy
Awarded to theNational Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."[1]
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Jack Adams Award
Hhof jack adams.jpg
Current holder(s)Patrick Roy
Awarded to theNational Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."[1]

The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."[1] It has been awarded 39 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. Four coaches have won the award two times, while Pat Burns has won three times, the most of any coach.


The Jack Adams Award is named in honour of Jack Adams, Hall of Fame player for Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, 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 who has won the award in consecutive seasons. Four coaches in history have won the award with 2 different teams. Jacques Lemaire, Pat Quinn, and Scotty Bowman have won the award twice, while Pat Burns is the only coach to win the award three times. The franchises with the most Jack Adams Award winners are the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes with four winners, although the Coyotes had two winners in Winnipeg before they moved to Arizona, followed by the St. Louis Blues with three. 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 2000–01 season, Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon, a month into the 2007–08 season while Hitchock replaced Davis Payne a month into the 2011-12 season. The closest vote ever 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.
SeasonWinnerTeamWin #
1973–74Shero, FredFred SherobPhiladelphia Flyers1
1974–75Pulford, BobBob PulfordLos Angeles Kings1
1975–76Cherry, DonDon CherryBoston Bruins1
1976–77Bowman, ScottyScotty BowmanabMontreal Canadiens1
1977–78Kromm, BobbyBobby KrommDetroit Red Wings1
1978–79Arbour, AlAl ArbouraNew York Islanders1
1979–80Quinn, PatPat QuinnacPhiladelphia Flyers1
1980–81Berenson, RedRed BerensonSt. Louis Blues1
1981–82Watt, TomTom WattWinnipeg Jets1
1982–83Tessier, OrvalOrval TessierChicago Blackhawks1
1983–84Murray, BryanBryan MurrayWashington Capitals1
1984–85Keenan, MikeMike KeenanacPhiladelphia Flyers1
1985–86Sather, GlenGlen SatheraEdmonton Oilers1
1986–87Demers, JacquesJacques DemersDetroit Red Wings1
1987–88Demers, JacquesJacques DemersDetroit Red Wings2
1988–89Burns, PatPat BurnscMontreal Canadiens1
1989–90Murdoch, BobBob MurdochWinnipeg Jets1
1990–91Sutter, BrianBrian SutterSt. Louis Blues1
1991–92Quinn, PatPat QuinnVancouver Canucks2
1992–93Burns, PatPat BurnsToronto Maple Leafs2
1993–94Lemaire, JacquesJacques LemaireNew Jersey Devils1
1994–95Crawford, MarcMarc CrawfordQuebec Nordiques1
1995–96Bowman, ScottyScotty BowmanaDetroit Red Wings2
1996–97Nolan, TedTed NolanBuffalo Sabres1
1997–98Burns, PatPat BurnsBoston Bruins3
1998–99Martin, JacquesJacques MartinOttawa Senators1
1999–2000Quenneville, JoelJoel QuennevilleaSt. Louis Blues1
2000–01Barber, BillBill BarberdPhiladelphia Flyers1
2001–02Francis, BobBob FrancisPhoenix Coyotes1
2002–03Lemaire, JacquesJacques LemaireMinnesota Wild2
2003–04Tortorella, JohnJohn TortorellabTampa Bay Lightning1
2004–05zzzNot awarded due to the lockout.
2005–06Ruff, LindyLindy RuffBuffalo Sabres1
2006–07Vigneault, AlainAlain VigneaultVancouver Canucks1
2007–08Boudreau, BruceBruce BoudreaudWashington Capitals1
2008–09Julien, ClaudeClaude JulienBoston Bruins1
2009–10Tippett, DaveDave TippettPhoenix Coyotes1
2010–11Bylsma, DanDan BylsmaPittsburgh Penguins1
2011–12Hitchcock, KenKen HitchcockdSt. Louis Blues1
2012–13MacLean, PaulPaul MacLeanOttawa Senators1
2013–14Roy, PatrickPatrick RoyColorado Avalanche1

aTeams who had best overall record in regular season (President's Trophy awarded to team with best overall record since 1985–86)

bCoaches whose teams won the Stanley Cup

cCoaches whose teams lost the Stanley Cup final round

dCoaches whose teams replaced the coach that started the season

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  1. ^ a b "Jack Adams Award". NHL. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  2. ^ Phil Coffey (2006-06-23). "Thornton, Lidstrom big winners at Awards Show". NHL. Retrieved 2007-09-14. [dead link]