Jack Adams Award
|Alain Vigneault was named head coach of the Rangers on June 21, 2013. A three-time Jack Adams Award finalist, and the 2007 winner of the award presented to the NHL’s top coach, Vigneault joins the Rangers after spending the past seven seasons guiding the Vancouver Canucks to much success. Vigneault coached the Canucks to a pair of President’s Trophies---in 2010-11 and 2011-12---six Northwest Division titles, five seasons with 100 or more points, and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, where Vancouver lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins.
Vigneault is Vancouver’s all-time leader in coaching victories with 313, and he has amassed a career coaching record of 422-288-35-61 in 806 games over all or parts of eleven seasons with the Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.
"I think we got the right guy," said Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather, who also confirmed that he had interviewed two candidates in person and four others on the phone before deciding to hire Vigneault. "I think in picking any coach it's got to be a gut feeling, whether or not you and he can get along, whether his ideas mesh with everyone's in the organization, make sure he has the right attitude. So, yeah, I think we have the right guy."
|After being a successful head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League---where, among others, he coached current Rangers goalie Martin Biron for parts of two seasons in Beauport---and as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators, Vigneault earned his first NHL head coaching job with the Canadiens in 1997-98. Vigneault led the Canadiens to the second round of the playoffs that season, before missing out on the post-season the next two years---although he still earned a Jack Adams nomination for his outstanding work in 1999-2000.
After being relieved of his duties by Montreal 20 games into the 2000-01 campaign, Vigneault coached once again in the QMJHL and then in the minor leagues for Vancouver before becoming the Canucks head coach prior to the 2006-07 season. Excluding the lockout-shortened 48-game season in 2013, Vigneault’s Canucks teams never failed to win fewer than 39 games in a single season. His most successful season behind the bench in Vancouver was 2010-11 when the Canucks won 54 games, totaled 117 points, captured the Presidents Trophy as the top team in the league over the regular season, and then fell just one victory shy of winning the Stanley Cup.