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Babcock, Cooper, Roy named 2014 Adams finalists

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TSN.ca Staff
5/6/2014 11:13:14 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings' Mike Babcock, Tampa Bay Lightning's Jon Cooper and Colorado Avalanche's Patrick Roy have been named finalists for the 2013-14 Jack Adams Award.

The trophy is awarded annually to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."

Babcock led the Red Wings to their 23rd consecutive playoff berth, the longest active streak in North American professional sports. The Red Wings used 38 players during the regular season, including nine who made their NHL debuts. Babcock is a Jack Adams finalist for the second time, his first coming in 2007-08.

Cooper guided Tampa Bay to a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division in his rookie coaching season. The club placed 28th in the overall League standings in 2012-13. He had previously served as coach of the Lightning's AHL affiliate in Norfolk, helping them capture the 2012 Calder Cup.

Another coaching rookie, Roy lifted the Avalanche to third in the overall 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 Avalanche matched a franchise record for wins, recorded the NHL's best road mark.

Jack Adams finalists (Photo: TSN.ca)

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