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Retroactive Jack Adams Award Winners

The first Jack Adams Award was given out in 1974.

Had the award been given out much earlier, I can't help but wonder how many times some of the game's greatest coaches would have been honored.

Lord only knows how many times Toe Blake could have won it in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Given that there were probably an average of 6 or so teams for most of the seasons preceding 1974, you have to think there would have been an onslaught of repeat winners.

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I'll take a stab at the post-expansion years. These aren't necessarily who I feel deserved it, but rather who the writers likely would've chosen given their tendencies.

1967-68: Harry Sinden. The Adams usually goes to the coach of the most improved team, and the Bruins nearly doubled their point total over the previous year.

1968-69: Scotty Bowman. After keeping the expansion teams somewhat segregated from the Original 6 the previous year, the league got a little braver and increased the number of games between expansion and O6 clubs. Obviously this led to the expansion clubs all dropping in point totals, except for Bowman's Blues who actually got better.

1969-70: Billy Reay: A big bounce-back year for Chicago after missing the playoffs the year before.

1970-71: Al MacNeil: The Habs had a much better record with him than they did with Ruel in the first part of the season. Changing goalies and giving a rookie a shot at the starting job only two weeks before the playoffs was gutsy.

1971-72: Emile Francis: No obvious choices, so he'd likely win it as a coach who'd been around for awhile and hadn't won it yet.

1972-73: Joe Crozier: Getting the Sabres in the playoffs in just their third season was a major accomplishment considering they were in the same division as 5 of the 6 original clubs.

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The all-star teams included coaches up until 1945-46, so the first-team guys could be counted as retroactive Adams winners, I guess. And even Blake would have trouble catching Lester Patrick, in that case - six in a row from 30-31 to 35-36, then one more two years later.

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1971-72: Emile Francis: No obvious choices, so he'd likely win it as a coach who'd been around for awhile and hadn't won it yet.
He'd probably have had one in 66-67 - the Rangers went from 18-41-11 to 30-28-12. Johnny Wilson would be a good candidate for 71-72, took over the mess in Detroit and nearly got them into the playoffs.

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I'll take a stab at the post-expansion years. These aren't necessarily who I feel deserved it, but rather who the writers likely would've chosen given their tendencies.

1967-68: Harry Sinden. The Adams usually goes to the coach of the most improved team, and the Bruins nearly doubled their point total over the previous year.

1968-69: Scotty Bowman. After keeping the expansion teams somewhat segregated from the Original 6 the previous year, the league got a little braver and increased the number of games between expansion and O6 clubs. Obviously this led to the expansion clubs all dropping in point totals, except for Bowman's Blues who actually got better.

1969-70: Billy Reay: A big bounce-back year for Chicago after missing the playoffs the year before.

1970-71: Al MacNeil: The Habs had a much better record with him than they did with Ruel in the first part of the season. Changing goalies and giving a rookie a shot at the starting job only two weeks before the playoffs was gutsy.

1971-72: Emile Francis: No obvious choices, so he'd likely win it as a coach who'd been around for awhile and hadn't won it yet.

1972-73: Joe Crozier: Getting the Sabres in the playoffs in just their third season was a major accomplishment considering they were in the same division as 5 of the 6 original clubs.
Have to disagree with 70-71.

With the voting being at the end of the season, it's hard not to imagine Tom Johnson of Boston not taking home the award. His first year behind the bench and they shatter every existing offensive record. Keep in mind there were many before the Montreal series who considered this Boston team amongst thebest ever.

I would also argue that John McClellan in Toronto would have garnered some support as well.

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