Cross Checks: Jack Adams Award
He is the only player in NHL history to be credited with an own goal.
He won the scoring title in the Pacific Coast Hockey League for the 1921-22 season.
He took the Detroit Red Wings (formerly Detroit Falcons) from being a joke to being a champion.
He discovered Gordie Howe.
And the NHL’s award for coach of the year is named after him.
Jack Adams is a lot more than a name on a trophy.
Adams had a 10-year career as a professional hockey player in the NHL and PCHL. He started his career winning the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Arenas in 1918 and closed with another Cup victory in Ottawa in 1927.
He finished his career with 83 goals and 32 assists in 173 games and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 1959.
After Adams' retirement as a player, NHL president Frank Calder persuaded him to become the head coach and general manager of the Detroit Falcons, a second-year team that was struggling.
Adams got his team, eventually renamed the Red Wings, to the finals in 1934 and won the Stanley Cup in 1936. The Red Wings won the Cup again in 1937 and 1943. They lost in the finals three other times.
After the 1946-47 season, Adams gave up coaching to focus on being the Wings’ general manager. He had a 413-390-161 record as a coach.
Adams won four more Stanley Cups as just a general manager. He built a farm system that included Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Alex "Fats" Delvecchio and Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly.
He was considered tough but fair. Famous for storming the officials’ room to contest calls he didn’t like, he also fought for pay raises for officials at the governors meetings.
And to this day, the highest honor an NHL coach can receive is the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year.
Information from the Hockey Hall of Fame was used in this report.
Bylsma led the Penguins to the playoffs despite the absences of stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who both missed much of the season. The Penguins (49-25-8) had the second-most victories and points in franchise history.
That impressed members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association enough for Bylsma to edge Barry Trotz of Nashville and Vancouver's Alain Vigneault for the honor.
Trotz took the Predators to the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. Vigneault, the Adams winner in 2007, led the Canucks to the team's first Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season team and then guided them to the Stanley Cup finals.
Bylsma received 196 voting points. Vigneault was second with 169 points. Trotz was third.