|Andy Murray's team finished sixth in the Western Conference despite a league-leading 465 man games lost to injury (Getty Images).
ST. LOUIS – The National Hockey League announced Friday that Blues Head Coach Andy Murray has been nominated for the Jack Adams Award which is given annually to the NHL’s Coach of the Year. This is Murray’s first time being a finalist.
“Our run in the second half of the season was statistically one of the best in NHL history and Andy Murray and his coaching staff should be commended for their outstanding work this season,” said John Davidson, Blues President of Hockey Operations.
In the 2008-09 campaign, Murray guided the Blues to a 41-31-10 record and a 25-9-7 record in the second half of the season which led the NHL, jumping from 15th place in the Western Conference standings to 6th and returning the club to the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Blues’ playoff surge was one of the finest in NHL history, earning nearly 59 percent of their points since January 19, the highest such rate by any playoff team since 1940.
Murray became the sixth Blues coach to reach 100 wins after a 3-1 victory on April 10 vs. Columbus. Murray currently ranks 5th on the Blues all-time games coached list (218) and ranks fifth in wins (101). He has an all-time coaching record of 316-261-121 (.539%) and a 101-85-32 (.537%) record behind the Blues bench.
The award was first presented by the NHL Broadcasters' Association in 1974 in honor of the late Jack Adams. Since then, there have been three Blues coaches to win the award (Red Berenson 1981, Brian Sutter 1991, Joel Quenneville 2000) and Jacques Demers was nominated in 1985 and 1986.The 2009 NHL Awards will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on June 18 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.