Thursday evening, Barry Trotz was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach. Trotz led the Capitals to a franchise-record 56 wins and its second ever Presidents’ Trophy. Trotz was named a finalist along with the Panthers’ Gerard Gallant and the Stars’ Lindy Ruff. The recipient is determined before the start of the playoffs each year by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. Trotz has never won the award, but this is the third time he’s been named a finalist, also having done so in 2010 and 2011.
Trotz will join Braden Holtby (Vezina Trophy) and Alex Ovechkin (Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award) who are also up for awards this season. Winners will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
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The National Hockey League announced today that Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success” as voted by members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. Florida Panther head coach Gerard Gallant and Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff are also finalists for the award. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Trotz is vying to become the third head coach in Capitals franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award, joining Bryan Murray (1983-84) and Bruce Boudreau (2007-08). Trotz guided the Capitals (56-18-8, 120 points) to the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season club, setting franchise records in wins and road wins (27). Washington’s 120 points and 29 home wins were one shy of club records. The Capitals were dominant at both ends of the ice in 2015-16, ranking second in the NHL in goals per game (3.02) and goals-against per game (2.33). Washington also finished the season ranked second in penalty killing (85.2%) and fifth in power-play percentage (21/9%). Trotz was selected to serve as head coach of the Metropolitan Division team at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.
Trotz coached his 1,300th NHL game on Nov. 27, 2015, against Tampa Bay, becoming the 10th coach in NHL history to reach 1,300 games. In addition, he earned his 649th career win on March 2, 2016 vs. Toronto, passing Ron Wilson (648) for ninth place on the all-time NHL coaching wins list. Trotz has posted a 658-523-60-119 record in his career and ranks ninth on the all-time NHL coaching wins list and 10th on the games coached list (1,360). In addition, he ranks fourth among active coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas).
Trotz is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the third time, following back-to-back nominations with the Nashville Predators in 2010 (2nd) and 2011 (3rd).
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