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NHL Jack Adams Award Winners

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The Jack Adams Award is an annual award presented by the National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success. The winner is selected in a poll among members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association at the end of the regular season.

 

The award was presented by the NHL Broadcasters' Association in 1974 to commemorate the late Jack Adams, former coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. His lifetime dedication to hockey has served as an inspiration to all who aspire to further the game.

Jacques Demers is the only coach who has won the award in consecutive seasons. Four coaches in history have won the award with two different teams. Jacques Lemaire, Pat Quinn, and Scotty Bowman have won the award twice, while Pat Burns is the only coach to win the Jack Adams Award three times.

The franchises with the most Jack Adams Award winners are the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues with four.

Bill Barber, Bruce Boudreau and Ken Hitchcock are the only men to win the award after replacing the coach who started the season. Barber took over for Craig Ramsay during the 2000-01 season, while Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon a month into the 2007-08 season and Hitchcock won after replacing Davis Payne 13 games 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. 

 

[RELATED: Complete list of NHL Awards and Trophies winners]

 

 

Jack Adams Award Winners
  • 2017: John Tortorella, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 2016: Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals
  • 2015: Bob Hartley, Calgary Flames
  • 2014: Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche
  • 2013: Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators
  • 2012: Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues
  • 2011: Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2010: Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes
  • 2009: Claude Julien, Boston Bruins
  • 2008: Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals
  • 2007: Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks
  • 2006: Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres
  • 2004: John Tortorella, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 2003: Jacques Lemaire, Minnesota Wild
  • 2002: Bob Francis, Phoenix Coyotes
  • 2001: Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers
  • 2000: Joel Quenneville, St. Louis Blues
  • 1999: Jacques Martin, Ottawa Senators
  • 1998: Pat Burns, Boston Bruins
  • 1997: Ted Nolan, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1996: Scotty Bowman, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1995: Marc Crawford, Quebec Nordiques
  • 1994: Jacques Lemaire, New Jersey Devils
  • 1993: Pat Burns, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1992: Pat Quinn, Vancouver Canucks
  • 1991: Brian Sutter, St. Louis Blues
  • 1990: Bob Murdoch, Winnipeg Jets
  • 1989: Pat Burns, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1988: Jacques Demers, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1987: Jacques Demers, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1986: Glen Sather, Edmonton Oilers
  • 1985: Mike Keenan, Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1984: Bryan Murray, Washington Capitals
  • 1983: Orval Tessier, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1982: Tom Watt, Winnipeg Jets
  • 1981: Red Berenson, St. Louis Blues
  • 1980: Pat Quinn, Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1979: Al Arbour, New York Islanders
  • 1978: Bobby Kromm, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1977: Scotty Bowman, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1976: Don Cherry, Boston Bruins
  • 1975: Bob Pulford, Los Angeles Kings
  • 1974: Fred Shero, Philadelphia Flyers
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