JACK ADAMS AWARD – Coach of The Year
EAST: Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning
Cooper took over the team late last season, and this year has taken the Lightning near the top of the Eastern Conference and stayed there despite losing star forward Steven Stamkos to a leg injury.
WEST: Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche have been the surprise team of the NHL, after finishing dead last in 2013, they got off to a tremendous start to the season and have remained in a playoff spot past the mid-way point of the season, with much of the spotlight
The fact that it is tough for a player of his legend to make it behind the bench (see: Wayne Gretzky), Roy has done an admirable job with the young Avalanche and if he can guide the team to the post-season it will be a job well done for the Hall of Fame goaltender who had never coached pro hockey prior to this season.