Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Hall-of-Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, rookie bench boss of the Colorado Avalanche, was named the winner of the 2014 Jack Adams Award on Tuesday, given annually to the league's top coach.
Roy lifted the Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 points) to a historic turnaround in his initial campaign as an NHL head coach, helping the team finish third in the overall league standings after placing 29th in 2012-13.
Colorado became the first club since the NHL expanded to 21 teams in 1979 to go from the bottom three to top three in a single season.
The 48-year-old native of Quebec City won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Avalanche in the latter half of a stellar career which ended in 2003.
Roy was chosen ahead of Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and Jon Cooper from the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is the first head coach to be so honored since the Nordiques franchise relocated to Denver, and the second in Quebec/Colorado history after Marc Crawford won in 1995.