NHL announces Jack Adams Award finalists: Flames’ Bob Hartley, Rangers’ Alain Vigneault, & Preds’ Peter Laviolette

The NHL announced Wednesday the three finalists for this year’s Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach: Rangers bench boss Alain Vigneault, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette, and Calgary’s Bob Hartley.

The NHL announced Wednesday the finalists for this year’s Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach: Calgary’s Bob Hartley, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette, and the Rangers’ Alain Vigneault.

The Jack Adams Award, presented since 1974 to the head coach deemed to have “contributed the most to his team’s success,” is voted on by members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. There are worthy candidates beyond the three finalists this year, but there’s no arguing the finalists aren’t as worthy of the honor as anyone else.

Hartley guided the Flames to a 45-30-7 record and a 20-point jump in standings points, and secured Calgary’s first playoff appearance since 2009. The 54-year-old, who won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, is a first-time Jack Adams Award finalist. In his first year with the Preds, the 50-year-old Laviolette led Nashville to a 47-25-10 mark and a nine-point jump in standings points. This is his second appearance as a Jack Adams Award finalist as he finished second in voting with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06. Vigneault won the Jack Adams as Canucks coach in 2007 and was a finalist for the Adams Award two other times, and the 53-year-old took the Rangers to a 53-22-7 record and Presidents’ Trophy this year as the NHL’s top regular-season team.

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Last season’s Jack Adams Award winner was Colorado Avalanche bench boss Patrick Roy.