Once again Mike Babcock has been passed over for the Jack Adams Trophy, something he has gotten familiar with since joining the Detroit Red Wings in 2005.
Mike Babcock was beaten out by Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche and for the second time was only a finalist for the Jack Adams trophy, Babcock was a Jack Adams finalist after the 2007-08 season, as well.
According to Helene St. James not only did Mike Babcock not win the Jack Adams, but was not even close to Roy in the vote.
Patrick Roy takes coach of year with 399 points (68 1st place votes). #RedWings Mike Babcock 2nd in voting with 163 pts, 11 1st place votes.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 25, 2014
Despite not winning the Jack Adams Trophy Mike Babcock is still considered one of, if not the best coach in the NHL.
Mike Babcock led the Detroit Red Wings to their twenty-third straight playoff appearance, despite breaking the franchise record of 421 man games lost due to injury and missing Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for thirty-seven games each.
Because of all the injuries the Red Wings relied heavily on Mike Babcock to integrate their young talented players into the system, while finding the correct mixture of veterans to keep the team’s performance on the ice at the level expected of them.
Nine players made their first NHL appearance this season, the most since before Nicklas Lidstrom joined the team in 2001-02, and thirty-eight players played at least one game in a Detroit Red Wings’ sweater this past season.
Babcock put his trust in the younger players to play though minutes and they proved his trust was worthy by becoming important members of the teams’ run to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Mike Babcock might not have won the Jack Adams, but he has won a Stanley Cup, brought two Olympic Gold Medals back to Canada, and continues to keep the Detroit Red Wings in contention year in and year out and no other coach in the NHL can say that.