Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet wins 2024 Jack Adams Award

Rick Tocchet (Themeaningoffun, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Iain MacIntyre of Rogers Sportsnet on Wednesday, Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet of Scarborough, Ontario won the 2024 Jack Adams Award. The trophy is presented to the best National Hockey League regular season head coach each season.

This is the third time ever that a Canucks coach has won the Jack Adams Award. The previous two coaches were also Canadian. The late Pat Quinn of Hamilton, Ontario won the award in 1991-92, and Alain Vigneault of Quebec City, Quebec won the award in 2006-07.

The Canucks won the Pacific Division in the National Hockey League regular season standings this past year. They had a record of 50 wins, 23 regulation losses and nine losses in extra time for 109 points. That was a 26 point improvement from the year before.

This was the first full season that Tocchet coached the Canucks. He took over from Bruce Boudreau of Toronto, Ontario on January 22, 2023. At the time, how Boudreau was fired was not considered all that popular among the Canucks fan base. That is because it had been rumoured for a while that Boudreau would be fired, but he would continue to coach the Canucks until a replacement was found. Boudreau received significant sympathy among compassionate Canucks spectators.

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