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Jack Adams Award
Established 1974
Current holder Alain Vigneault
Awarded to the National Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."[1]

The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."[1] It has been awarded 33 times to 28 different winners. The winner is selected by a poll of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association at the end of the regular season. Many coaches have won the award numerous times. Pat Burns has won 3 times, the most of any coach.



The Jack Adams Award is named in honour of Jack Adams, Hall of Fame player for Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, and long-time coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. It was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1973-74 regular season.

Only one coach has won the award in consecutive seasons: Jacques Demers with the Detroit Red Wings. Four coaches in history have won the award with 2 different teams, with Pat Burns being the only person to win the award 3 times, and Jacques Lemaire, Pat Quinn, and Scotty Bowman winning twice. The franchises with the most Jack Adams Award winners are the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, with 4 apiece, followed by the St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes, with 3 each (although two of the Coyotes' awards came when the franchise was the Winnipeg Jets). The closest vote ever occurred in 2006, when Lindy Ruff defeated Peter Laviolette by a single point.[2]

Jack Adams Award winners

Scotty Bowman, winner for the 1976-77 and 1995-96 NHL seasons.
Marc Crawford, winner for the 1994-95 NHL season.
Ted Nolan, winner for the 1996-97 NHL season.
Lindy Ruff, winner for the 2005-06 NHL season.
Season Winner Team Win#
1973-74 Fred Sherob Philadelphia Flyers 1
1974-75 Pulford, BobBob Pulford Los Angeles Kings 1
1975-76 Cherry, DonDon Cherry Boston Bruins 1
1976-77 Bowman, ScottyScotty Bowman


Montreal Canadiens 1
1977-78 Kromm, BobbyBobby Kromm Detroit Red Wings 1
1978-79 Arbour, AlAl Arbour


New York Islanders 1
1979-80 Quinn, PatPat Quinn


Philadelphia Flyers 1
1980-81 Berenson, RedRed Berenson St. Louis Blues 1
1981-82 Watt, TomTom Watt Winnipeg Jets 1
1982-83 Tessier, OrvalOrval Tessier Chicago Blackhawks 1
1983-84 Murray, BryanBryan Murray Washington Capitals 1
1984-85 Keenan, MikeMike Keenan


Philadelphia Flyers 1
1985-86 Sather, GlenGlen Sather


Edmonton Oilers 1
1986-87 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Detroit Red Wings 1
1987-88 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Detroit Red Wings 2
1988-89 Burns, PatPat Burns


Montreal Canadiens 1
1989-90 Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch Winnipeg Jets 1
1990-91 Sutter, BrianBrian Sutter St. Louis Blues 1
1991-92 Quinn, PatPat Quinn Vancouver Canucks 2
1992-93 Burns, PatPat Burns Toronto Maple Leafs 2
1993-94 Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire New Jersey Devils 1
1994-95 Crawford, MarcMarc Crawford Quebec Nordiques 1
1995-96 Bowman, ScottyScotty Bowman


Detroit Red Wings 2
1996-97 Nolan, TedTed Nolan Buffalo Sabres 1
1997-98 Burns, PatPat Burns Boston Bruins 3
1998-99 Martin, JacquesJacques Martin Ottawa Senators 1
1999-00 Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville


St. Louis Blues 1
2000-01 Barber, BillBill Barber Philadelphia Flyers 1
2001-02 Francis (coach), BobBob Francis (coach) Phoenix Coyotes 1
2002-03 Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire Minnesota Wild 2
2003-04 Tortorella, JohnJohn Tortorella


Tampa Bay Lightning 1
2004-05 zzzNo winner due to the
2004-05 NHL lockout
- -
2005-06 Ruff, LindyLindy Ruff Buffalo Sabres 1
2006-07 Vigneault, AlainAlain Vigneault Vancouver Canucks 1

aTeams who had best overall record in regular season (President's Trophy awarded to team with best overall record since 1985-86)

bCoaches whose teams won the Stanley Cup

cCoaches whose teams lost the Stanley Cup final round


  • Jack Adams Award. NHL. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  • President's Trophy. NHL. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  • Stanley Cup Champions and Finalists. NHL. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jack Adams Award. NHL. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  2. Phil Coffey (2006-06-23). Thornton, Lidstrom big winners at Awards Show. NHL. Retrieved on 2007-09-14.

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