Tag: Bob Hartley

Hartley wins first Jack Adams Award


Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has taken home the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach tonight in Las Vegas.

He becomes the first Flames coach to ever win the award.

Hartley and the Flames surprised many by finishing third in the Pacific Division during the regular season. Calgary then upset the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs before bowing out to the Ducks in the second round.

By qualifying for the playoffs, Hartley’s Flames ended a five-year playoff drought.

“You look at the unbelievable leadership from our veterans. You look at lots of young players coming in and stepping up right away,” said Hartley per The Calgary Sun when talking about his Jack Adams nomination. “You have to look at our management. You have to look at scouting. You have to look at my partners. You have to look at my staff.

“My nomination is more a result of the work of everyone in the organization. Johnny, Gio and Huds — they’re going to tell you that it has been a team effort also.”

Here are the full voting results:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)

1. Bob Hartley, CGY 237 (37-13-13)
2. Alain Vigneault, NYR 121 (14-13-12)
3. Peter Laviolette, NSH 81 (6-14-9)
4. Paul Maurice, WPG 79 (6-13-10)
5. Barry Trotz, WSH 36 (2-5-11)
6. Dave Cameron, OTT 25 (2-4-3)
7. Mike Babcock, DET 18 (3-1-0)
8. Jon Cooper, TBL 18 (1-3-4)
9. Willie Desjardins, VAN 17 (1-3-3)
10. Jack Capuano, NYI 16 (2-1-3)
11. Gerard Gallant, FLA 6 (1-0-1)
12. Mike Yeo, MIN 6 (0-2-0)
13. Bruce Boudreau, ANA 5 (0-1-2)
Michel Therrien, MTL 5 (0-1-2)
15. Ken Hitchcock, STL 4 (0-1-1)
16. Randy Carlyle, TOR 1 (0-0-1)

Check out the Jack Adams winners and second-place finishers since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up
2015 Bob Hartley, Cgy. Alain Vigneault, NYR
2014 Patrick Roy, Col. Mike Babcock, Det.
2013 Paul MacLean, Ott. Joel Quenneville, Chi.
2012 Ken Hitchcock, St.L. John Tortorella, NYR
2011 Dan Bylsma, Pit. Alain Vigneault, Van.
2010 Dave Tippett, Phx. Barry Trotz, Nsh.
2009 Claude Julien, Bos. Andy Murray, St.L
2008 Bruce Boudreau, Wsh. Guy Carbonneau, Mtl.
2007 Alain Vigneault, Van. Lindy Ruff, Buf.
2006 Lindy Ruff, Buf. Peter Laviolette, Car.
2004 John Tortorella, T.B. Ron Wilson, S.J.
2003 Jacques Lemaire, Min. John Tortorella, T.B.
2002 Bob Francis, Phx. Brian Sutter, Chi.
2001 Bill Barber, Phi. Scotty Bowman, Det.
2000 Joel Quenneville, St.L Alain Vigneault, Mtl.
1999 Jacques Martin, Ott. Pat Quinn, Tor.
1998 Pat Burns, Bos. Larry Robinson, L.A
1997 Ted Nolan, Buf. Ken Hitchcock, Dal.
1996 Scott Bowman, Det. Doug MacLean, Fla.
1995 Marc Crawford, Que. Scott Bowman, Det.
1994 Jacques Lemaire, N.J. Kevin Constantine, S.J.
1993 Pat Burns, Tor. Brian Sutter, Bos.
1992 Pat Quinn, Van. Roger Neilson, NYR
1991 Brian Sutter, St.L Tom Webster, L.A.
1990 Bob Murdoch, Wpg. Mike Milbury, Bos.

Hartley says Wideman ‘was very instrumental’ in the Flames’ success this season

Anaheim Ducks v Calgary Flames - Game Four
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Defenseman Dennis Wideman had a career year on the Calgary Flames blue line this season and was a big reason why the Flames qualified for the playoffs according to Bob Hartley.

Wideman set career best in goals (15) and assists (41) and carried a plus rating (plus-6) for the first time in three seasons.

He kicked it up a notch in the playoffs registering seven assists while averaging 26:29 in time on ice in 11 games.

“Without taking any credit away from any of our other players because they all deserve tons of credit, I don’t think that we would’ve made the playoffs with the Dennis Wideman from last year,” Hartley told The FAN 960 in Calgary. “(Wideman) was unbelievable. His fitness level was great. His leadership was tremendous. He was helping young players on our team and his play on the ice, I think it showed.”

The 32-year-old went from being a healthy scratch early in the season to being one of the most relied on defensemen in Calgary.

“Obviously there was a major turning point in Dennis’ play and Dennis’ attitude and Dennis the way that he approached the game,” Hartley said. “I’ve said it a few times this year, it’s pretty rare, it’s probably kind of an NHL record that a veteran gets scratched on Game 2 and by trading deadline he has an assistant captain letter on his jersey.

“That’s how much he changed, that’s how much he helped us.”

When captain Mark Giordano went down in February is when Hartley really felt Wideman’s presence.

“We turned basically to four defensemen to carry the load for the last two months of the season and (Wideman) was very instrumental in our success,” he said.

With two years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $5.25 million, Wideman could prove to be a good deal if he can remain among the club’s top four blue liners rather than a healthy scratch moving forward.

Related: Flames’ injuries revealed following second round exit

2015 Jack Adams Award finalists: Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault

2014 NHL Awards - Inside

The three finalists for the 2015 Jack Adams Award were announced on Wednesday: Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames), Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators) and Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers).

The National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association determines who receives the trophy given to the “NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” (This post’s main image features last year’s winner Patrick Roy with the trophy.)

There was no shortage of worthy candidates, with some citing Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice (among others) as worthy candidates.

Interestingly, Vigneault is the only coach of the three to ever win the Jack Adams, which he did with the Vancouver Canucks back in 2006-07. Hartley and Laviolette probably get the last laugh in that regard, however, as they both have Stanley Cup victories on their resumes.

Flames’ Gaudreau wasn’t happy with benching in Game 1

Los Angeles Kings v Calgary Flames

With the Calgary Flames trailing the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 heading into the third period on Thursday night, Bob Hartley elected to sit Johnny Gaudreau for the final 20 minutes.

Gaudreau’s final shift of the hockey game ended with 2:57 remaining in the second period.

Hartley felt the Ducks “were taking way too many liberties” on Gaudreau.

The Calder Trophy finalist was the recipient of a hit from behind courtesy Nate Thompson early in the second period.

On Friday Hartley admitted the 21-year-old was not happy watching as his teammates fell 6-1 at the Honda Center.

“I believe he wasn’t OK with this,” said Hartley per the Calgary Herald. “When I told him early in the third period and I told him why wasn’t playing. Johnny wants to be on the ice.”

Gaudreau, who has two goals and four assists in seven playoff games, agreed it was tough to watch.

“Yeah, I mean watching the guys out there skate to a 5-0 game, in a physical game like that,” he said. “I want to be out there with him. But you’ve gotta listen to the coach. He knows what’s best.”

After scoring 24 goals and 64 points in 80 regular season games, Gaudreau feels he can still be better as the series continues Sunday in Anaheim.

“Obviously I need to play better and play harder,” he said. “It was a 5-0 game at that point so I don’t know what the coach was really thinking at that time. But I think I’m going to come out flying in the second game and make sure I’m a little bit better.”

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for today

Scott Darling

A quick look at what games will be on what channels in today’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Capitals at Islanders, 12 p.m. ET on NBC

Goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to get the startt after missing Game 2 due to an illness. The Capitals will look to build on a 4-3 win on Friday night and take their first lead of the series this afternoon. The Islanders will once again be without defenseman Travis Hamonic due to an undisclosed injury. Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire have the call.

Predators at Blackhawks, 3 p.m. ET on NBC

The Blackhawks will also have a different Game 3 starter when their series with the Predators moves to Chicago’s Untied Center this afternoon. Head coach Joel Quenneville announced Scott Darling will make his first career Stanley Cup playoff start today. Darling made 42 saves in relief of Corey Crawford in Game 1. Meanwhile the Preds will be without captain Shea Weber for both Games 3 and 4 due to a lower body injury. Weber left Game 2 midway through the second period and did not return. Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom and Joe Micheletti will be on the call.

Canadiens at Senators, 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The Senators have questions in goal heading into Game 3 tonight in Ottawa. After a nearly perfect 20-1-2 record and 1.79 G.A.A. in the final months of the regular season, Andrew Hammond has lost the first two games of the series with Montreal and there’s some thought head coach Dave Cameron may go with veteran Craig Anderson in goal tonight. The 33-year-old had a 1.80 G.A.A. in the Sens 4-1 series win over the Habs during the 2013 playoffs. Chris Cuthbert and Bret Hedican have the call tonight.

Canucks at Flames, 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Friday night’s Game 2 featured six fighting majors, seven game misconducts and three 10-minute misconducts – much of which occurred in the final two minutes of the Canucks 4-1 win over the Flames. Calgary’s head coach Bob Hartley was fined $50,000 as a result of the melee. The series now moves to Calgary where the Flames will host a playoff game for the first time since losing in Game 6 of the first round in 2009. Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Scott Oake have the call of Game 3.