In two of his three full seasons guiding the Boston Bruins as their bench boss, Bruce Cassidy has been recognized as one of the best in the NHL.
Cassidy was named a Jack Adams Award finalist for the second time in his three-plus season stint as the head coach for the Boston Bruins as he was honored along with Columbus head coach John Tortorella and Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault by the NHL on Wednesday afternoon.
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After guiding the Bruins to a trip to the Stanley Cup Final last spring, Cassidy led the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy this year as the B's were the only hockey club to hit the 100-point mark when the regular season went on pause in mid-March. Cassidy has been open-minded in his approach to coaching the Bruins, has worked exceedingly well with the veteran core and the younger players and isn’t afraid to innovate with creative solutions based on the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the team.
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 44-14-12 record for 100 points in 70 games, six more than the next-highest team (St. Louis Blues, 94 points in 71 games). It is the third-straight 100-point season for the club under Cassidy’s tenure, and the Bruins led the NHL in goals against average while finishing Top 5 in goals per game, power play percentage and penalty kill effectiveness in a stunning display of all-around strength from this B’s team.
In his three full seasons as head coach of the Black and Gold from 2017-20, Cassidy has the team ranked in the Top 10 in nearly every major statistical category in an impressive show of consistency: 143 wins (2nd), 319 points (2nd), 3.21 goals per game (6th), 2.52 goals allowed per game (1st), 24.9 power play percentage (2nd), 82.6 penalty kill percentage (T-3rd) and 50.8 faceoff win percentage (T-9th).
The Jack Adams Award is given annually to the coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success as voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association.