Wednesday, June 23, 2010GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Phoenix Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett has won the 2009-10 Jack Adams Award, which is presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," as the NHL presented its annual awards tonight in Las Vegas at the Pearl Concert Theatre inside the Palms Hotel. In addition, Coyotes captain Shane Doan
was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given to “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was selected to the 2009-10 NHL Second All-Star Team.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is voted on by members from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and NHL Broadcasters’ Association, who select the winner from among one nominee from each of the 30 clubs.
Tippett was a near-unanimous selection, receiving 57 of 59 first-place votes for 291 points to capture his first Jack Adams Award. Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators and Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche garnered 60 and 51 points, respectively. Tippett becomes the fourth head coach in Coyotes/Jets franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award, joining Tom Watt (1982), Bob Murdoch (1990) and Bob Francis (2002). Doan joins Kris King (1996) as the only players in franchise history to be awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
Hired nine days before the start of the regular season, Tippett led the Coyotes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002 by posting a record of 50-25-7 for 107 points. The club posted an NHL-best 28-point gain over its 2008-09 total, edging Colorado's 26-point improvement, and set franchise records for wins and points in a season, home wins (29) and longest home winning streak (10 games, Nov. 21 to Dec. 29). The Coyotes ranked third in the NHL in team defense (2.39 goals per game), up from 24th in 2008-09 (3.04), and were sixth in the League in penalty killing (84.5%).
Tippett became the 17th head coach in Coyotes/Jets franchise history when he was hired by the Club on Sept. 24, 2009 after spending the previous six seasons as head coach of the Dallas Stars. In seven seasons as an NHL head coach, Tippett has guided his teams to the playoffs six times while compiling a record of 321-181-72. During that span, Tippett has registered the second-most victories among all NHL head coaches.
Doan has served as captain of the Coyotes for the past six seasons and has ingrained himself in the Arizona community ever since the organization moved from Winnipeg in 1996-97. He has established himself as a leader both on and off the ice and for years has been considered one of the most respected players in the game, as evidenced by his being selected as Team Canada’s captain at the World Championships for three straight years (2007-09).
Through a bankruptcy proceeding and relocation rumors to a coaching change late in the preseason, Doan kept the Coyotes together this year as they reached new heights on the ice, shattering the franchise records for wins (50) and points (107) in a single season. But most notably, amid the off-ice turmoil, Doan led his team to a place no one expected them to reach a year ago: the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His commitment to his teammates, franchise and Coyotes fans was most evident when, on Dec. 17, Doan became the 42nd player in NHL history to play 1,000 games with one franchise and the 24th player to do it with the team that drafted him.
Doan recently completed his 14th NHL season with the Coyotes/Jets organization and ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in games played (2nd, 1047), goals (3rd, 276), points (3rd, 678) and assists (4th, 402). He is also the club’s all-time leader in game-winning goals (48) and overtime goals (8). In 2009-10, Doan collected 18-37-55 while appearing in all 82 games while also collected 1-1-2 in the Coyotes’ first three playoff games before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the postseason.
In the Arizona community, Doan has long been considered one of the most selfless professional athletes in a city that is home to four major professional sports teams. He serves as an ambassador for Coyotes Charities and works with a number of organizations including the United Blood Services, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Rescue Mission and Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that arranges for professional photographers to visit terminally ill children and take uplifting family portraits.
Bryzgalov posted a record of 42-20-6 with a 2.29 goals against average (GAA), a .920 save percentage (SV%) and eight shutouts in 69 game for the Coyotes this season while be selected as the goaltender for the NHL Second All-Star Team. Bryzgalov posted career-best totals in victories (42), games (69), shutouts (eight), GAA (2.29) and SV% (.920) as the Coyotes set franchise records for wins and points in a season and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002.
A native of Togliatti, Russia, Bryzgalov ranked 2nd in the NHL in shutouts, tying the single-season franchise record, and ranked 3rd in wins, shattering the old franchise mark of 33. Bryzgalov started 29 of the final 36 games of the regular season, posting a 19-8-2 record in that span.
Bryzgalov was also a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” and finished as the runner-up. The 2009-10 Vezina Trophy was awarded to Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.