Florida Panthers interim head coach Andrew Brunette has been named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award. Brunette took over head duties after Joel Quenneville stepped down early in the season.
Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:
Andrew Brunette, Florida Panthers
Brunette, who joined the Panthers coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2019-20 season, was elevated to interim head coach on Oct. 29, 2021, and led the Panthers to the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history as the NHL’s top regular-season team. Florida (58-18-6) set a slew of team records, including total wins (58), home wins (34), road wins (24), points (122), goals for (340), points percentage (.744) and shots per game (37.3). The catalyst to their Presidents’ Trophy run was a franchise-record 13-game win streak from March 29 – April 23, outscoring opponents by nearly two-to-one (64-33) in that span. Brunette is the third Panthers coach voted a Jack Adams finalist in the past seven years and is aiming to become the team’s first-ever winner, following second-place finishes by Doug MacLean in 1995-96 and Gallant in 2015-16, plus Joel Quenneville’s third-place ranking last season.
Gerard Gallant, New York Rangers
Gallant became just the second head coach in franchise history to win 50+ games in his first season. guiding the Rangers (52-24-6, 110 points) to their best record since capturing the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014-15. The team’s overall League position…