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Dec 23, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy reacts from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

For the second time in three years, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been named one of three finalists for the NHL’s Jack Adams Award, which recognizes the top coach in the league every year.

In his third season at the helm of the Bruins, Cassidy led the team to a 44-14-12 record. The team was awarded the President’s Trophy after being atop the league standings when the COVID stoppage occured.

This is Cassidy’s second time as a finalist for the Adams. He was also up for the award in 2017-18, his first full year as the coach of the Bruins. That year’s team posted 112 points, but the award ultimately went to Gerard Gallant, who led the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights to an appearance in the Cup Finals in their first year in the league.

The other two finalist this year are John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Philadelphia Flyers’ Alain Vigneault. Tortorella has been awarded the Jack Adams twice before, while Vigneault has one win himself.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association will vote on the final winner, which will be announced during this year’s conference finals.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.