The three finalists for the 2015 Jack Adams Award were announced on Wednesday: Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames), Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators) and Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers).
The National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association determines who receives the trophy given to the “NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” (This most’s main image features last year’s winner Patrick Roy with the trophy.)
There was no shortage of worthy candidates, with some citing Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice (among others) as worthy candidates.
Interestingly, Vigneault is the only coach of the three to ever win the Jack Adams, which he did with the Vancouver Canucks back in 2006-07. Hartley and Laviolette probably get the last laugh in that regard, however, as they both have Stanley Cup victories on their resumes.