head coach Dave Tippett
has captured the Jack Adams
Award as "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
Tippett was a near-unanimous selection, receiving 57 of 59 first-place votes for 291 points. Barry Trotz
of the Nashville Predators
and Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche
garnered 60 and 51 points, respectively.
Hired just 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 50-27-5 record 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/game), up from 24th in 2008-09 (3.04), and were sixth in the League in penalty killing (84.5%).
A Jack Adams
finalist for the first time, Tippett's highest previous finish in coach-of-the-year voting was fifth with the Dallas Stars
in 2002-03, his rookie NHL season behind the bench.