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HOF Rod Brind'Amour wins Jack Adams Award as NHL's coach of the year

By WRAL Sports, 06/18/21, 10:15AM EDT

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Brind’Amour is the first Whalers/Hurricanes head coach to receive the honor.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The National Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour has won the 2020-21 Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. Brind’Amour is the first Whalers/Hurricanes head coach to receive the honor.

Brind’Amour, 50, was named Hurricanes head coach on May 8, 2018, and in his first three seasons behind the bench, he has led the team to a 120-66-20 record. His .631 points percentage is the highest by a head coach in franchise history. Brind’Amour is the only head coach in franchise history to lead the team to three consecutive playoff berths, and the Hurricanes have won a postseason series in each of those seasons. Carolina ranked third in the NHL with a 36-12-8 record in 2020-21, marking the highest single season points percentage in franchise history (.714). The Hurricanes also won the Central Division for their fifth division title in franchise history and the first since 2005-06. They were the only NHL team to rank in the top three on both the power play (25.6%) and penalty kill (85.2%), marking the first time in franchise history that the team finished top-five in both categories.

Brind’Amour recorded his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes win against Detroit on March 4, in just his 173rd game as a head coach, becoming the 12th-fastest coach in NHL history and the fastest in franchise history to reach the milestone. He earned a 5-6 record during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he now ranks second in franchise playoff history in both games coached (34) and wins (17). His .500 career postseason win percentage (17-17) is also tied for the second-highest in franchise history. Brind’Amour was the third Jack Adams Award finalist in franchise history, joining 1986-87 runner-up Jack Evans and 2005-06 runner-up Peter Laviolette.