Babcock, Cooper, Roy named Jack Adams finalists
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Jack Adams Award, given annually to the league's top coach.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.
The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
Babcock led the Red Wings (39-28-15, 93 points) to their 23rd consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berth, the longest active streak in North American professional sports. Detroit overcame a franchise-record 421 man games lost due to injury, headlined by the 37-game absences of star forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
Babcock is a Jack Adams finalist for the second time, having placed third in 2007-08.
In his first full season behind the bench, Cooper guided Tampa Bay (46-27-9, 101 points) to a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division after the club placed 28th in the overall League standings in 2012-13.
The coach of Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Norfolk when it captured the 2012 Calder Cup, Cooper successfully incorporated several young players into the Lightning lineup, as a League-high eight rookies appeared in at least 40 games -- five more than any other club. The Lightning were 20-11-9 in one-goal games after ranking last in the NHL with a 5-12-4 mark the season before, and posted 21 road wins, one shy of the franchise record.
Roy lifted the Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 points) to a historic turnaround in his rookie season as an NHL head coach, helping the team finish third in the overall League standings after placing 29th in 2012-13.
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.
05/06 12:32:37 ET