NEW YORK (AP/CBS4) – Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award.
Roy, in his rookie season as an NHL coach, helped Colorado finish third in the overall standings after placing 29th overall the year before.
Also named as finalists are Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Babcock led the Red Wings to a 93-point season and their 23rd consecutive playoff berth, the longest active streak in North American pro sports.
Cooper is in his first full season as a head coach. He guided the Lightning to second place in the Atlantic Division a year after they were 28th in the overall standings.
The NHL Broadcasters’ Association voted for the top coach after the regular season. The winner is announced June 24 in Las Vegas. It was named in honor of the late Jack Adams, longtime coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.
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Colorado became the first club since the NHL expanded to 21 teams in 1979 to go from the bottom three to top three in a single season. The Avalanche matched a franchise record for wins, recorded the NHL’s best road mark (26-11-4), ranked fourth in the League in goals (250) and did not suffer a regulation loss when leading after two periods (35-0-3).
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