Barry Trotz named winner of Jack Adams Award as NHL's Coach of the Year

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In one of the bigger surprises of the NHL Awards on Wednesday night, Barry Trotz - the head coach of the New York Islanders - won the Jack Adams Award. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In one of the bigger surprises of the NHL Awards on Wednesday night, Barry Trotz - the head coach of the New York Islanders - won the Jack Adams Award. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

While many thought Jon Cooper had the first Jack Awards Award of his career in the bag following the historic regular season his Tampa Bay Lightning put together, it was Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders that left Las Vegas with the hardware on Wednesday night.

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After winning the Stanley Cup at the helm of the Washington Capitals in 2018, Trotz led the Islanders to unexpected heights in 2018-19. They finished second in the Metropolitan division with a record of 48-27-7 for 103 points and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

In his 20th season as a head coach in the NHL, he helped his goaltending duo of Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss put together the best campaigns of their professional careers. The two combined to surrender a league-low 191 goals during the regular season and they deservingly took home the William M. Jennings Trophy on Wednesday night.

On the offensive side of things, Trotz found production out of a group without a bonafide star. Scoring came by committee as four different players collected at least 50 points in 2018-19, led by Mathew Barzal’s 62-point campaign.

The 56-year-old came away with 430 points, including 58 first-place votes, compared to Cooper’s 350 points and 48 first-place votes, according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski. St. Louis’ Craig Berube finished third after taking over the Blues midway through the season.

Trotz was also named Coach of the Year in 2016 while still in Washington.

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