Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is one of three finalists named for the 2013-14 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team’s success," the National Hockey League announced Tuesday.
Babcock’s ninth season with the Red Wings was a roller coaster, as the team overcame a franchise-record 421 man games lost due to injury, including 37 games without both captain Henrik Zetterberg and center Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit used 38 players during the regular season, nine of whom made their NHL debuts and played key roles in helping the Wings reach the postseason for the 23rd consecutive year.
The Red Wings finished the season with a 39-28-15 record and 93 points. After earning the first wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the club was eliminated in the first-round series against the Boston Bruins in five games.
This is the second time Babcock is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, as he placed third in 2007-08 after coaching the Wings to a Presidents’ Trophy-winning season.
Babcock has compiled a 415-198-91 record in Detroit, and passed former Wings coach Jack Adams as the franchise’s all-time winningest coach this season.
Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the other two finalists for the award.
The NHL Broadcasters’ Association submitted ballots for the award at the conclusion of the regular season, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards.