Rookie coach Sacco among finalists

Updated: April 28, 2010, 3:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche, Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes and Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators were named finalists Wednesday for the Jack Adams Award, which is presented to the coach of the year.

Sacco, a rookie coach, turned a young Avalanche team into a playoff contender. Colorado rose from last place in the Western Conference last season to the No. 8 seed this year, the first to accomplish such a feat since 2000-01.

Tippett, fired by the Dallas ...

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