Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Jack Adams Award, presented to the NHL head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.
Cooper led the Metro Jets to a Silver Cup Junior B national championship in 2002 before going on to win other junior hockey titles in the NAHL and USHL.
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 Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.
Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning
In his first full season behind the bench, Cooper guided Tampa Bay (46-27-9, 101 points) to a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division after the club placed 28th in the overall league standings in 2012-13. The coach of Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Norfolk when it captured the 2012 Calder Cup when he was also named the AHL's top coach, Cooper successfully incorporated several young players into the Lightning lineup, as a league-high eight rookies appeared in at least 40 games — five more than any other club. The Lightning were 20-11-9 in one-goal games after ranking last in the NHL with a 5-12-4 mark the season before and posted 21 road wins, one shy of the franchise record.
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