Quenneville, Evason, Brind’Amour named Jack Adams finalists
The NHL continues to unveil the finalists for its major regular season awards, this time naming the three men vying for the Jack Adams Award given to the coach who has “contributed the most to the success of his team”. Last year’s winner was Bruce cassidy of the Boston Bruins, but we’ll have a new name to carve this time around.
Quenneville, 62, is certainly no stranger to the trophy but hasn’t held it for quite some time. The veteran NHL coach won the award in 2000 with the St. Louis Blues and was second in 2013 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Only two finalist appearances are surprising for a man who is quickly approaching 1,000 career wins. Quenneville sits second all-time behind Scotty Bowman in the coaching ranks with 962 regular season wins and has won the Stanley Cup three times in Chicago. He would be the first of the Panthers Jack Adams winner if he brings it home after the 37-14-5 season that the team entered in 2020-21.
Evason will try to bar him despite less than 82 games to his name as head coach of the NHL. The 56-year-old replaced Bruce boudreau last season and now has a 0.669 winning percentage in his 68 games behind the Minnesota bench. While the addition of Kirill Kaprizov Certainly helped, Evason turned the Wild into an exciting and competitive team that took the Vegas Golden Knights to seven games in the first round. Evason is only signed until next season, but has quickly proven his worth as the Minnesota answer.
Speaking of contracts, it’s all the buzz around Brind’Amour these days, even though he’s getting a nomination for the Jack Adams. The Hurricanes head coach hasn’t signed for next season and this award is just another indication of how well he has fared during his short tenure behind the Carolina bench. Since taking office in 2018, the Hurricanes have gone 120-66-20 in the regular season and have reached the playoffs all three years and the conference finals once. The 50-year-old is off to an exceptional start with his young group in Carolina and could be considered the favorite for this award.