Cassidy of Bruins wins Jack Adams Award as top coach

Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins won the Jack Adams Award as the top coach in the NHL in 2019-20 on Wednesday.

Cassidy guided the Bruins to the best record in the NHL (44-14-12, .714 points percentage) and the Presidents’ Trophy as the top regular-season team. Boston was eight points ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division, the largest margin for any division leader, when the season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The Bruins allowed the fewest goals in the NHL (167, 2.39 per game) and were tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for seventh in scoring (227 goals, 3.24 per game). They were second to the Edmonton Oilers on the power play (25.2 percent) and third in the NHL on the penalty kill (84.3 percent). Cassidy was a finalist for the award in 2017-18.