Blue Jackets Coach John Tortorella Named Jack Adams Award Finalist, Per Report

By Colin Hass-Hill on July 13, 2020 at 11:01 am
Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella instructs his players during a training camp practice at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
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John Tortorella could have to make some room in his trophy case.

The Columbus Blue Jackets head coach will be named on Wednesday as one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which honors the league's best coach, per The Athletic's Alison Lukan. The other two finalists are not yet known.

The NHL is rolling out a slew of award finalists over the next week, including the remaining competitors for the Ted Lindsay Award, Calder Memorial Trophy and James Norris Memorial Trophy. All of the individual award winners will be announced at some point during the conference finals.

Tortorella, nearing the conclusion of his fifth season as Columbus' coach, captured the Jack Adams Award for the first time in his two-decades-long career when he guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 46-22-8 season that ended with them holding the Stanley Cup. The two-time Jack Adams Award winner was also honored with it in his second year in Columbus. He led the 2016-17 Blue Jackets to a 50-24-8 record before they fell in the first round of the playoffs.

In contention for his third Jack Adams Award, Tortorella takes Columbus into this summer's Stanley Cup Qualifiers with a 33-22-15 record.

His Blue Jackets team will first take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The five-game series begins on Aug. 2.

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