Mike Babcock from the Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy from the Colorado Avalanche are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given to the NHL’s coach of the year.
Babcock has been the head coach of the Red Wings since the 2005 and guided Detroit to a their 23rd consecutive playoff berth despite a myriad of injuries to star players like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard along the way. Earlier this season Babcock surpassed Adams as the winningest coach in Red Wings history.
In his first full season with the Lightning, Cooper led his team to a huge turnaround after finishing in second place in the Atlantic Division and the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference despite playing a large chunk of the season without Steven Stamkos. Tampa Bay had the third-worst record in the NHL last season.
Roy, in his first season as coach, led the Avalanche to the best record in the Western Conference with 112 points after Colorado finished with the second-worst record last season.
Each of the three coaches were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, but Roy should be viewed as the favorite to take home the award in his first season behind the bench.
The winner will be announced June 24 in Las Vegas at the NHL Awards show.