The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."

The league's "Coach of the Year" award has been presented 39 times to 34 different coaches. The winner is selected by a poll of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association (NHLBA) at the end of the regular season.

Four coaches have won the award twice while Pat Burns has won three times, the most of any coach.

The award is named in honor of Jack Adams, Hall of Fame player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators & long-time Coach and General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

It was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1973-74 NHL season.

Jacques Demers is the only coach to win the award in consecutive seasons. Four coaches have won the award with two different teams: Jacques Lemaire, Pat Quinn and Scotty Bowman have won the award twice while Pat Burns is the only coach to win three times.

The franchises with the most Jack Adams Award winners are the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes with four winners each although the Coyotes had two winners in Winnipeg before they moved to Arizona.

Bill Barber, Bruce Boudreau and Ken Hitchcock are the only coaches to win the award after replacing the head coach who started the season. Barber took over for Craig Ramsay during the Flyers' 2000–01 season, Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon a month into the Capitals' 2007–08 season while Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne a month into the Blues' 2011–12 season.

The closest vote occurred in 2006, when the winner Lindy Ruff edged out Peter Laviolette by a single point.


Jack Adams Award winners
Season Winner Team Win #
1973–74 Shero, FredFred Shero Philadelphia Flyers 1
1974–75 Pulford, BobBob Pulford Los Angeles Kings 1
1975–76 Cherry, DonDon Cherry Boston Bruins 1
1976–77 Bowman, ScottyScotty Bowman Montreal Canadiens 1
1977–78 Kromm, BobbyBobby Kromm Detroit Red Wings 1
1978–79 Arbour, AlAl Arbour New York Islanders 1
1979–80 Quinn, PatPat Quinn Philadelphia Flyers 1
1980–81 Berenson, RedRed Berenson St. Louis Blues 1
1981–82 Watt, TomTom Watt Winnipeg Jets 1
1982–83 Tessier, OrvalOrval Tessier Chicago Blackhawks 1
1983–84 Murray, BryanBryan Murray Washington Capitals 1
1984–85 Keenan, MikeMike Keenan Philadelphia Flyers 1
1985–86 Sather, GlenGlen Sather Edmonton Oilers 1
1986–87 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Detroit Red Wings 1
1987–88 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Detroit Red Wings 2
1988–89 Burns, PatPat Burns Montreal Canadiens 1
1989–90 Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch Winnipeg Jets 1
1990–91 Sutter, BrianBrian Sutter St. Louis Blues 1
1991–92 Quinn, PatPat Quinn Vancouver Canucks 2
1992–93 Burns, PatPat Burns Toronto Maple Leafs 2
1993–94 Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire New Jersey Devils 1
1994–95 Crawford, MarcMarc Crawford Quebec Nordiques 1
1995–96 Bowman, ScottyScotty Bowman Detroit Red Wings 2
1996–97 Nolan, TedTed Nolan Buffalo Sabres 1
1997–98 Burns, PatPat Burns Boston Bruins 3
1998–99 Martin, JacquesJacques Martin Ottawa Senators 1
1999–2000 Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville St. Louis Blues 1
2000–01 Barber, BillBill Barber Philadelphia Flyers 1
2001–02 Francis, BobBob Francis Phoenix Coyotes 1
2002–03 Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire Minnesota Wild 2
2003–04 Tortorella, JohnJohn Tortorella Tampa Bay Lightning 1
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2005–06 Ruff, LindyLindy Ruff Buffalo Sabres 1
2006–07 Vigneault, AlainAlain Vigneault Vancouver Canucks 1
2007–08 Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau Washington Capitals 1
2008–09 Julien, ClaudeClaude Julien Boston Bruins 1
2009–10 Tippett, DaveDave Tippett Phoenix Coyotes 1
2010–11 Bylsma, DanDan Bylsma Pittsburgh Penguins 1
2011–12 Hitchcock, KenKen Hitchcock St. Louis Blues 1
2012–13 MacLean, PaulPaul MacLean Ottawa Senators 1
2013–14 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 1
2014–15 Hartley, BobBob Hartley Calgary Flames 1
2015–16 Trotz, BarryBarry Trotz Washington Capitals 1
2016–17 Tortorella, JohnJohn Tortorella Columbus Blue Jackets 2
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