Bruce Cassidy of Ottawa, Ontario has won the 2020 Jack Adams Award. While coaching the Boston Bruins and before the National Hockey League pause due to coronavirus, the Bruins were the only team in the National Hockey League to reach the 100-point plateau. The Bruins had a record of 44 wins, 14 regulation losses and 12 losses in extra time for 100 points, and won their second Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history.
The Bruins’ first Presidents’ Trophy came in 2013-14. In both years, the Bruins lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2014, the Bruins lost in seven games to the Montreal Canadiens. In 2020, the Bruins lost in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Cassidy becomes the fourth Bruins head coach all-time to win the Jack Adams Award. The other three Bruins coaches to win the award were Canadians. Don Cherry of Kingston, Ontario won the award in 1976, Pat Burns of Montreal, Quebec won the award in 1997-98, and Claude Julien of Blind River, Ontario win the award in 2008-09.
Burns has the record for most Jack Adams Awards all-time with three. Interestingly, he won with three different teams. Burns won the Jack Adams Award with the Canadiens in 1988-89, and with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1992-93.