LAS VEGAS - Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has been awarded the Jack Adams award for NHL coach of the year at a ceremony held in Las Vegas Tuesday.
Roy, who was a top-three selection on 89 of the 95 ballots cast, including 68 first-place votes for 399 voting points, is the first coach to claim the Jack Adams Award in his first NHL season since Washington's Bruce Boudreau in 2008, according to NHL.com.
"There's no way a coach can win this award without a total commitment from his players," Roy said in his acceptance speech.
He beat out Mike Babcock from the Detroit Red Wings and Jon Cooper from the Tampa Bay Lightning for the award.
Roy lead the Avalanche to 52 victories and 112 points in a historic turnaround that helped the team finish third in the overall League standings after placing 29th in 2012-13.
Colorado won the Central Division championship before losing a seven-game playoff series to the Minnesota Wild in the opening round.
Under his leadership, Colorado became the first club since the NHL expanded to 21 teams in 1979 to go from the bottom three to top three in a single season.
The Avalanche matched a franchise record for wins, recorded the NHL's best road mark (26-11-4), ranked fourth in the League in goals (250) and did not suffer a regulation loss when leading after two periods (35-0-3).
"To all Avalanche fans, thank you for your support. See you in the fall," Roy said.
Watch his award speech below:
Other major award winners from the Avalanche included Nathan MacKinnon, who won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, and Ryan O’Reilly who takes home the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the player who showed the most sportsmanship and gentlemanly play.
MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice for the Calder Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."
The 18-year-old received 130 first-place votes from the 137 ballots cast and becomes the youngest Calder winner ever.
MacKinnon topped all first-year players in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied) and shots (241).
The Cole Harbour, N.S., native was the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and tallied at least one point in 13 consecutive games for the Avalanche from Jan. 25 to March 6 (5-13—18), breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for the longest single-season point streak by a player age 18 or younger (12 games).
Watch MacKinnon's award speech below:
O'Reilly received 110 first-place votes from 137 ballots cast to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
O'Reilly tallied a career-high 64 points as the Avalanche captured the Central Division title. He led the club in goals (28), power-play goals (nine) and game-winners (six-tied), and led the NHL in takeaways (83) for the second time in the past three seasons.
O'Reilly was flagged for just one minor penalty all season.
Watch his award speech below: