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Tortorella, Hitchcock and MacLean finalists for Adams Award

Posted By Carp On April 30, 2012 @ 11:26 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 86 Comments

From the NHL:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / APRIL 30, 2012

HITCHCOCK, MacLEAN AND TORTORELLA NAMED JACK ADAMS AWARD FINALISTS

NEW YORK (April 30, 2012)—Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues,

Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and John Tortorella of the New York

Rangers are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Jack Adams Award, presented

to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the

National Hockey League announced today.

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 winner will be announced

Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn

Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in

the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical

order:

Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues

Hitchcock made his debut behind the St. Louis bench Nov. 8 with the

club at 6-7-0 and posted a 43-15-11 record the rest of the way; the

109-point season was the Blues’ best since capturing the Presidents’ Trophy

in 1999-2000. The club broke or tied 13 franchise records, including a

21-game home points streak and 30 home wins overall. The Blues allowed the

NHL’s fewest goals against by a wide margin (165), the fewest shots per

game (26.7) and posted the most shutouts (15). Hitchcock earned his fourth

career nomination as a Jack Adams finalist and the first in 13 years; he

finished second in 1997 and third in 1998 and 1999, all with Dallas.

Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators

MacLean made his NHL debut as head coach after spending six seasons

as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings and led the Senators (41-31-10,

92 points) to a Stanley Cup Playoff berth and an 18-point improvement over

last season’s 13th-place East finish. The biggest change was on offense,

where Ottawa jumped from 26th to fourth in the League in goals per game.

MacLean is the third rookie head coach in the past four years to earn a

Jack Adams finalist berth: Washington’s Bruce Boudreau captured the award

in 2008, followed by third-place finishes by San Jose’s Todd McLellan in

2009 and Colorado’s Joe Sacco in 2010.

John Tortorella, New York Rangers

Tortorella guided the Rangers to first place in the Eastern

Conference with a 51-24-7 record, their best regular-season performance

since the Stanley Cup season of 1993-94. The club’s goals-against figure

(187) was tops in the East, third in the NHL overall and was the fewest by

a Rangers club over a full season since 1970-71. The Rangers led all clubs

in hits (2,419) and ranked fourth in blocked shots (1,338). Tortorella is a

Jack Adams finalist for the third time; he finished second in the voting in

2003 and captured the award in 2004, the season in which he guided the

Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup.

History

The award was presented by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association in 1974

in honor of the late Jack Adams, longtime coach and general manager of the

Detroit Red Wings.

 

 


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