Rod Brind’Amour wins Jack Adams Award for best coach

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May 27, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour looks on from the bench during the third period against the Nashville Predators in game six of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

What a day for Rod Brind’Amour. Hours after finalizing a new three-year contract to remain the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, he was named coach of the year.

“This is a great honor to even be thought of in this category,” Brind’Amour said after winning the Jack Adams Award. “I’m really proud to be accepting that on behalf of this organization.”

Rod Brind’Amour wins Jack Adams Award

This year’s field was a tough one. Florida Panthers’ Joel Quenneville and Minnesota Wild’s Dean Evason were equally as deserving to win for the season’s they had.

Ultimately, the majority of voters from the NHL Broadcasters Association felt Brind’Amour’s 36-12-8 record was worthy of the honor. His .714 points percentage was the best in the franchise’s history en route to their first division title since the 2005-06 campaign.

Brind’Amour extension

Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes announced a three-year deal which is believed to be worth $1.8 million per season. Brind’Amour, 50, has led the Hurricanes to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons. The extension will keep him in Raleigh, N.C., through the 2023-24 campaign.

“This award really just feels to me like such an organizational award because it just is,” Brind’Amour said after a great day. “I know I said that earlier, but there’s no way around it. I’ve got great people working with me to help me and the staff, everything, the players. I almost think the better question is, how do you not win with when you have what I get to work with every day? Where does it rank? It’s a great day for me, personally, but really for the organization, I think, to get recognized this way.”