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Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar nominated for the Jack Adams Award

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Jared Bednar is among the three finalists for coach of the year

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The NHL has just announced the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award and Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar is among them. The Coach of the Year award will be handed out at the NHL awards on June 20.

The Jack Adams Award is voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association and is given out yearly to the coach who “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”

The three finalists for this year’s award are:

Jared Bednar - Colorado Avalanche - 43-30-9

Gerard Gallant - Vegas Golden Knights - 51-24-7

Bruce Cassidy - Boston Bruins - 50-20-12

With the way the Vegas Golden Knights took the league by storm this year, One would assume that Gerard Gallant is the front runner to win the award, but a strong case can be made for Bednar. After suffering through a nightmare of a first season as an NHL head coach - his only losing season as a professional head coach, Bednar led the Avalanche to one of the biggest improvements in NHL history this year. The Avalanche fell one win shy of doubling their win total from the 2016-17 season. A 47-point improvement saw Colorado make the playoffs in a year when most projection had them finishing in the bottom-5 of the league.

Bednar is finishing up his second season as a head coach in the NHL after replacing Patrick Roy in the summer of 2016. Prior to joining the Avalanche, he led the Lake Erie Monsters to the Calder Cup.

Jack Adams Award Winners

YEAR COACH TEAM
YEAR COACH TEAM
2016 BARRY TROTZ WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2015 BOB HARTLEY CALGARY FLAMES
2014 PATRICK ROY COLORADO AVALANCHE
2013 PAUL MACLEAN OTTAWA SENATORS
2012 KEN HITCHCOCK ST. LOUIS BLUES
2011 DAN BYLSMA PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
2010 DAVE TIPPETT PHOENIX COYOTES
2009 CLAUDE JULIEN BOSTON BRUINS
2008 BRUCE BOUDREAU WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2007 ALAIN VIGNEAULT VANCOUVER CANUCKS
2006 LINDY RUFF BUFFALO SABRES
2004 JOHN TORTORELLA TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
2003 JACQUES LEMAIRE MINNESOTA WILD
2002 BOB FRANCIS PHOENIX COYOTES
2001 BILL BARBER PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
2000 JOEL QUENNEVILLE ST. LOUIS BLUES
1999 JACQUES MARTIN OTTAWA SENATORS
1998 PAT BURNS BOSTON BRUINS
1997 TED NOLAN BUFFALO SABRES
1996 SCOTTY BOWMAN DETROIT RED WINGS
1995 MARC CRAWFORD QUEBEC NORDIQUES
1994 JACQUES LEMAIRE NEW JERSEY DEVILS
1993 PAT BURNS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1992 PAT QUINN VANCOUVER CANUCKS
1991 BRIAN SUTTER ST. LOUIS BLUES
1990 BOB MURDOCH WINNIPEG JETS
1989 PAT BURNS MONTREAL CANADIENS
1988 JACQUES DEMERS DETROIT RED WINGS
1987 JACQUES DEMERS DETROIT RED WINGS
1986 GLEN SATHER EDMONTON OILERS
1985 MIKE KEENAN PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1984 BRYAN MURRAY WASHINGTON CAPITALS
1983 ORVAL TESSIER CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS
1982 TOM WATT WINNIPEG JETS
1981 GORDON "RED" BERENSON ST. LOUIS BLUES
1980 PAT QUINN PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1979 AL ARBOUR NEW YORK ISLANDERS
1978 BOBBY KROMM DETROIT RED WINGS
1977 SCOTTY BOWMAN MONTREAL CANADIENS
1976 DON CHERRY BOSTON BRUINS
1975 BOB PULFORD LOS ANGELES KINGS
1974 FRED SHERO PHILADELPHIA FLYERS