JACK ADAMS AWARD
Winner: Ken Hitchcock
Hitchcock started the season still employed by the Columbus Blue Jackets
as an advisor, but Blues general manager Doug Armstrong pulled him out of his no-task job there in early November and hired him to take over a team that was off to a very average start at 6-7-0 under former coach Davis Payne
Under Hitchcock, who arrived on Nov. 6, the Blues went 43-15-11 to finish the season with 109 points, second most in the Western Conference. They set franchise records for wins (49) and points in addition to numerous records for defense and goaltending. St. Louis reached the Western Conference Semifinals, where it was bounced by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings
in four games.
Hitchcock is a first-time winner of the Jack Adams Award. As the coach in Dallas he was the runner-up in 1997 and third in 1998 and 1999.