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Quick learner: Patrick Roy takes the Jack Adams

Jun 24, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT

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In his first season as an NHL head coach, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy won the 2014 Jack Adams Award.

First-year coaches have actually enjoyed nice immediate successes, although that’s often come in deep playoff runs rather than in bringing home the Jack Adams. Bruce Boudreau was the most recent first-year coach to pull off this feat before Roy, as he did so in his fantastic debut with the Washington Capitals in 2008.

Roy took an Avalanche team many expected to miss the playoffs once again to a Central Division victory and the second most standings points in the Western Conference. Overall, Colorado’s 112 points only trailed Boston and Anaheim, as the Avs finished 52-22-8.

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is also very new to the job, as this was his first full season with the Bolts. He joined far-from-new Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock as the other finals for the Jack Adams.

Here are the full voting results:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
1. Patrick Roy, COL 399 (68-19-2)
2. Mike Babcock, DET 163 (11-31-15)
3. Jon Cooper, TB 136 (5-29-24)
4. Claude Julien, BOS 68 (6-8-14)
5. Bruce Boudreau, ANA 24 (1-4-7)
6. Craig Berube, PHI 23 (1-4-6)
7. Ken Hitchcock, STL 14 (2-0-4)
8. Todd Richards, CBJ 6 (0-0-6)
9. Joel Quenneville, CHI 5 (1-0-0)
10. Lindy Ruff, DAL 5 (0-0-5)
11. Dan Bylsma, PIT 4 (0-0-4)
Todd McLellan, SJ 4 (0-0-4)
13. Mike Yeo, MIN 2 (0-0-2)
14. Michel Therrien, MTL 1 (0-0-1)
Barry Trotz, NSH 1 (0-0-1)

Check out the Jack Adams winners and second-place finishers since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up
2014 Patrick Roy, Col. Mike Babcock, Det.
2013 Paul MacLean, Ott. Joel Quenneville, Chi.
2012 Ken Hitchcock, St.L. John Tortorella, NYR
2011 Dan Bylsma, Pit. Alain Vigneault, Van.
2010 Dave Tippett, Phx. Barry Trotz, Nsh.
2009 Claude Julien, Bos. Andy Murray, St.L
2008 Bruce Boudreau, Wsh. Guy Carbonneau, Mtl.
2007 Alain Vigneault, Van. Lindy Ruff, Buf.
2006 Lindy Ruff, Buf. Peter Laviolette, Car.
2004 John Tortorella, T.B. Ron Wilson, S.J.
2003 Jacques Lemaire, Min. John Tortorella, T.B.
2002 Bob Francis, Phx. Brian Sutter, Chi.
2001 Bill Barber, Phi. Scotty Bowman, Det.
2000 Joel Quenneville, St.L Alain Vigneault, Mtl.
1999 Jacques Martin, Ott. Pat Quinn, Tor.
1998 Pat Burns, Bos. Larry Robinson, L.A
1997 Ted Nolan, Buf. Ken Hitchcock, Dal.
1996 Scott Bowman, Det. Doug MacLean, Fla.
1995 Marc Crawford, Que. Scott Bowman, Det.
1994 Jacques Lemaire, N.J. Kevin Constantine, S.J.
1993 Pat Burns, Tor. Brian Sutter, Bos.
1992 Pat Quinn, Van. Roger Neilson, NYR
1991 Brian Sutter, St.L Tom Webster, L.A.
1990 Bob Murdoch, Wpg. Mike Milbury, Bos.

  1. qauzaq - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    How can I take these votes seriously when Darryl Sutter isn’t even in the top 15….

    • tomas3345 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Both cup final coaches did not get a single vote, not even a third, i want to know who voted for people like trotz, i just wish someone had trolled and gave a first vote to torts

    • avscup - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      He didn’t exactly help his team crawl out of the cellar. He simply put a lot of shine on an already shiny team! So perhaps you shouldn’t be taken seriously! Sutter is a terrific coach. His cupboard was already full though.

    • johnmr12 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Its regular season only. The kings were 6th in the pacific.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        John, exactly. Some evidently don’t understand that, or perhaps just don’t like it. There is something of a separate Coach of the Year award for the playoffs: The HoF etches your name onto the Stanley Cup for display for several decades.

  2. Wineshard - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    That 1992 crop was good.

  3. djshnooks - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Lindy Ruff got screwed in 1998-1999.

    He won it in 2006 when the Sabres lost in the ECF, but not when they make the SCF?

    Doesn’t make sense.

    • billsin20xx - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      and Roy is another reason Regier should have been fired before thisnyear, he didn’t even interview Roy before he hired his clone Rolston.

      • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Roy would not have interviewed there. He was focused on the Avs and his buddy Joe Sakic made it happen.

  4. bencia823 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Mike Babcock: Barely nabs a playoff spot with 2nd most man games lost; 2nd place
    Dan Bylsma: Runs away with division with most man games lost; 11th place

    What am I missing here?

    • mshantz22 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      You’re missing the fact that Bylsma got fired and isn’t going to be an NHL head coach for at least the start of the season.

      • bencia823 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        and that relates to the regular season in what way?

    • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      A lot. Neither was better than Roy! What does it matter then?

  5. johnmr12 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Ironically, the 3 awards that were no-brainers all went to the avs. I mean, Roy took a team from 29th to 3rd in his first season, O’Reilly had 1 penalty all season, and that was when his stick broke and he didn’t drop it, and is there anyone who didn’t think McKinnon would get rookie of the year? The guy is a freak.

  6. johnmr12 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    People, coach of the year is based on regular season. That’s why guys like Sutter and Vigneault didn’t make the list

  7. pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    This was a no brainer… Definitely saw a lot of Avs up on the stage.

  8. pxland - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    It would be awesome to go back and look at all the comments from the time Roy was hired. I saw a lot of hate on here. A lot of ‘I can’t wait for him to fail’ posts.

    Those people are kinda quiet now I guess.

    • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Indeed. He did a terrific job of changing an underachieving culture left over from several years of bad coaching! The future is bright for the Avs!

  9. entitymn - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Wild fan. Hate the Avs. Hate Avs fans. Cannot disagree with Roy taking this though. He totally earned it.

    • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Avs fan, hate the Wild and lots of their fans but love MN. You are right, he totally did earn it!

      • timmmah10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        I hate when people that hate each other find common ground.

        DAMN IT.

        (Wings fan, hate everyone, everyone not a wings fan hates the wings fan, but also agree)

  10. timmmah10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I thought this was a two horse race between Roy and Babcock. Babcock dealt with a ton of injuries and ended up making a bunch of rookies into a competitive unit.

    Roy did the same, so I can understand the vote going his way, but Roy has a lot of first round picks to work with… Babcock was doing it with 2nd and lowers.

    I’m biased though, I have always hated Patrick Roy the person even though I respected Patrick Roy the goalie as one of the best the game will ever see.

    • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Not since ’79 has a team gone from bottom three to top three. There is your answer. Babcock didn’t have to coach his team out of the cellar. There is a reason they did it with 2nd rounders.

  11. vstar1us - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Well his team did pretty good, got beat at home by the Wild! Picked a fight with another coach during the season, used some great colorful language! However the team did make the playoffs, so he did have that going for him. So did 15 other teams!
    Yep I can count and use a fork…..

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