The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success." Vigneault was joined by the Calgary Flames' Bob Hartley and the Nashville Predators' Peter Laviolette as finalists for the award.
Under the steady leadership of Vigneault, who is in his second season as the Rangers head coach, the Blueshirts established single-season franchise records in wins (53) and points (113) in 2014-15 while capturing the Presidents' Trophy for posting the league's top record during the regular season for the first time since 1993-94. The Rangers were the only team who ranked third or higher in the NHL in both goals per game (third - 3.02) and goals against per game (third - 2.28) in 2014-15. New York finished a season third or higher in both categories for the first time since 1972-73. The Blueshirts also established single-season franchise records in road wins (28) and road points (58) this season. The Rangers' 28 road wins were tied for the most one Eastern Conference team posted in one season in NHL history.
Vigneault, who leads all NHL head coaches in wins (411) since 2006-07, has led his team to a division title in six of the last seven seasons and in seven of the last nine seasons. He is one of two NHL head coaches who have captured the Presidents' Trophy at least three times since the award was first presented in 1985-86. On Feb. 14, 2015, Vigneault became the 21st head coach in NHL history to earn 500 career NHL wins, and the first to accomplish the feat with the Rangers. He also earned his 500th career NHL win in his 942nd career game behind the bench, which is the fourth-fewest games it has taken a head coach to reach the 500-win plateau in league history.
The Quebec City, Quebec native is a Jack Adams Award finalist for the fourth time in his career, which is tied for the most among active NHL head coaches. Vigneault was the recipient of the award in 2006-07 with Vancouver.
In two seasons with the Rangers, Vigneault has posted a 98-53-13 record in 164 regular season contests. Vigneault leads all Rangers head coaches in point percentage (min. 100 regular season games coached) in franchise history (.637).