Bruce Cassidy wins Jack Adams Award as NHL's top coach

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Bruce Cassidy would’ve preferred to end this season with a different trophy, but he will be taking home one of the NHL’s top individual honors.

On Wednesday night, the Bruins coach was named the winner of the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the league’s coach of the year as voted on by the NHL Broadcasters Association. It is Cassidy’s first win and second time being a finalist in the last three years.

Cassidy beat out Flyers coach Alain Vigneault and Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, who were the other two finalists this year. Vigneault was looking for his second win and Tortorella his third.

It was a close vote, as Cassidy got 38 first-place votes, while Vigneault got 32 and Tortorella 28.

Cassidy helped lead the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy as the team with the best record in the regular season a year after guiding them to the Stanley Cup Final. The award is a regular-season award and does not take the playoffs into account.

Cassidy is the fourth Bruins coach to win the Jack Adams, which was first awarded in 1974. He joins Don Cherry (1976), Pat Burns (1998) and Claude Julien (2009).