New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was the runner-up for the Jack Adams Award which is given to the NHL's Coach of the Year. St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock won the award, which was presented Wednesday during the 2012 NHL Awards Show.
Hitchcock led the Blues to a 43-15-11 record this past season. The team was 6-7-0 when Hitchcock took over and finished the season with 109 points. The Blues finished the season in second place in the Western Conference and set a franchise record for wins (49). The eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings defeated the Blues in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Tortorella led the Rangers to the best record in the Eastern Conference (51-24-7). The Rangers lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the New Jersey Devils, four games to two.