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The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success." It has been awarded 35 times to 30 different coaches. The winner is selected by a poll of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association at the end of the regular season. Many coaches have won the award numerous times. Pat Burns has won 3 times, the most of any coach.


The Jack Adams Award is named in honour of Jack Adams, Hall of Famemarker player for Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, and long-time coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. It was first awarded at the conclusion of the regular season.

Jacques Demers is the only coach who has won the award in consecutive seasons. Four coaches in history have won the award with 2 different teams. Jacques Lemaire, Pat Quinn, and Scotty Bowman have won the award twice, while Pat Burns is the only coach to win the award three times. The franchises with the most Jack Adams Award winners are the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, with four winners, followed by the St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes with three, although the Coyotes had two winners in Winnipeg before they moved to Arizonamarker. Bill Barber and Bruce Boudreau 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 2000–01 season, while Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon, a month into the 2007–08 season. The closest vote ever occurred in , when the winner Lindy Ruff edged out Peter Laviolette by a single point.


Scotty Bowman, winner for the 1976–77 and 1995–96 NHL seasons.
Marc Crawford, winner for the 1994–95 NHL season.
Ted Nolan, winner for the 1996–97 NHL season.
Lindy Ruff, winner for the 2005–06 NHL season.
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Winner Team Win #
Fred Sherob Philadelphia Flyers 1
Los Angeles Kings 1
Don Cherry Boston Bruins 1
ab Montreal Canadiens 1
Detroit Red Wings 1
a New York Islanders 1
Pat Quinnac Philadelphia Flyers 1
St. Louis Blues 1
Winnipeg Jets 1
Chicago Blackhawks 1
Bryan Murray Washington Capitals 1
ac Philadelphia Flyers 1
a Edmonton Oilers 1
Detroit Red Wings 1
Detroit Red Wings 2
c Montreal Canadiens 1
Winnipeg Jets 1
St. Louis Blues 1
Pat Quinn Vancouver Canucks 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 2
New Jersey Devils 1
Quebec Nordiques 1
a Detroit Red Wings 2
Buffalo Sabres 1
Boston Bruins 3
Ottawa Senators 1
a St. Louis Blues 1
Philadelphia Flyers 1
Phoenix Coyotes 1
Minnesota Wild 2
b Tampa Bay Lightning 1
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Buffalo Sabres 1
Vancouver Canucks 1
Washington Capitals 1
Boston Bruins 1

aTeams who had best overall record in regular season (President's Trophy awarded to team with best overall record since 1985–86)

bCoaches whose teams won the Stanley Cup

cCoaches whose teams lost the Stanley Cup final round

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