Joel Quenneville is the latest member of the Florida Panthers to be nominated for an NHL award this season as he was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award on Friday morning.
Quenneville, despite being a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, has only won the Adams one time — in 2000 while head coach of the St. Louis Blues.
Rod Brind’Amour of the Central Division champion Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild coach Dean Evason are the other two finalists for the award.
The award, voted on by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association goes to the coach who “contributed the most to his team’s success.”
No Florida Panthers coach has ever won the award.
Gerard Gallant came closest, being the runner-up after leading Florida to its most wins and points in franchise history in 2015-16.
Barry Trotz, then of the Capitals, won it that year.
Gallant ended up winning the Adams in 2017-18 for his work with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
Quenneville joins Sasha Barkov (Selke Trophy) as a finalist for NHL awards this season.
GM Bill Zito is expected to join them as a finalist for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award which should be announce soon.
This season, Florida went 37-14-5 with a .705 points percentage in Quenneville’s second season. The Panthers ended up a point behind Carolina in the Central before losing in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Florida’s 37 wins ranked tied for third in the NHL as the Panthers went 20-5-3 at home and 17-9-2 on the road.
The Panthers got off to a great start, opening the season on an eight-game point streak (6-0-2) and seven-game road point streak (6-0-1).
Florida was the final team in the league to lose a game in regulation (Feb. 7) and the final team to lose a game in regulation on the road (Feb. 20).
Down the stretch, the Panthers went 13-2-0 in their final 15 home games and tied their season-high six-game win streak heading into the playoffs.