John Tortorella of Boston, Massachusetts made American hockey history on Wednesday. Tortorella became the first American ever to win the Jack Adams Award (presented to the National Hockey League's coach of the year) twice.
This past season the Blue Jackets had a career regular season with Tortorella at the helm. Columbus set franchise records in wins (50), points (108) and goals scored (249). The Blue Jackets also made the Stanley Cup playoffs for only the third time in franchise history. However, the Blue Jackets did not see much playoff action as they were eliminated in five games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.
Pat Burns of Montreal, Quebec has won the most Jack Adams Awards. He won the award with the Montreal Canadiens in 1989, the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993 and the Boston Bruins in 1998. Four other coaches have won the Jack Adams Award twice--Jacques Demers, Pat Quinn, Scotty Bowman and Jacques Lemaire. The only other American to win the Jack Adams Award was Dan Bylsma of Grand Haven, Michigan, who won the award while coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011.