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How Patrick Roy won the 2014 Jack Adams Award

Sean Leahy
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Patrick Roy's first year behind the bench with the Colorado Avalanche ended with a return to the the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Jack Adams Award, which is given to "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.

Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning were the other two finalists. 

From the NHL:

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. 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)

Here's how the voting looked:

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Given how the Adams is typically given to a head coach who leads a big turnaround for his team, it's kind of surprising Cooper finished behind Babcock. But when you consider the kind of season the Detroit Red Wings went through and the fact that they managed to keep their playoff streak alive, you can see why Babcock received so much love.

In case you're wondering, yes, Barry Trotz is the only head coach on this list to receive a vote and not make the playoffs.

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