Head coaches Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins, John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Alain Vigneault of the Philadelphia Flyers are the three finalists for the 2019-20 Jack Adams Award, the NHL announced Wednesday.
The winner will be revealed during the conference finals.
The 2020 Jack Adams Award finalists are Bruce Cassidy, John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault #NHLAwards
— NHL (@NHL) July 15, 2020
Cassidy led the Bruins to the best record in the NHL and the Presidents’ Trophy as the top regular-season team. Boston was among the class of the NHL in a number of categories, including fewest goals allowed (first), power-play percentage (second) and penalty-kill percentage (third).
This is the second time Cassidy has been a finalist for the award, also earning the recognition in 2017-18.
Tortorella steered the Blue Jackets through a season in which they greatly exceeded expectations. After losing a number of key pieces last off-season, Columbus overcame injuries to numerous players throughout the season, including forwards Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand, defencemen Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, and goalie Joonas Korpisalo.
A two-time Jack Adams Award winner and a finalist for the award for the fifth time, Tortorella could join Pat Burns as the only coaches to win it three times.
Vigneault coached Philadelphia to the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and a berth in the playoffs in his first season at the helm. The Flyers had four winning streaks of at least four games and won nine straight from Feb. 18-March 7.
The 59-year-old won the award during his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks, and is now a five-time finalist.