June 22, 2016

Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Trotz earned the award for the first time by leading the Caps to an NHL-best 120 points this season, setting a franchise record with 56 victories. Washington allowed the second-fewest goals in the NHL, adding stellar defense to its traditional winning formula behind Alex Ovechkin's scoring.

Trotz just finished his second year in Washington after 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators. He is a three-time finalist for the Jack Adams.

He won it over Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers.

Gallant's Panthers exceeded all expectations with a franchise-record 47 victories and 103 points.

Ruff also got a 2015 non-playoff team back to the top, with the Stars winning the Central Division while scoring a league-high 265 goals.

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