Phoenix Coyotes' Dave Tippett Wins Coach Of The Year Award, Shane Doan Captures King Clancy
The trophy, given to the NHL's best coach every season, was awarded to Tippett in a nearly unanimous fashion as he received 57 of 59 first-place votes.
It would have been a travesty if Tippett didn't win the award, based on the unexpected success of the Yotes last season.
With uncertain ownership and financial issues, Tippett brilliantly guided the Coyotes to a fourth-place finish in the Western Conference with 107 points.
With a 50-27-5 record, the Yotes had a 28-point turnaround from the previous season, the best differential in the NHL.
Despite a first-round exit to the Detroit Red Wings in seven games, this season was one of the most successful and memorable in the team's history.
Tippett more than deserved this award, as he seemed to have the magic touch both on and off the ice. The Coyotes defied critics and established themselves as one of the top teams in the NHL.
The only question is can Tippett and the Yotes do it again?
The coach wasn't the only Coyote to come home with an award last night.
Captain Shane Doan was earned the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which recognizes a player's outstanding leadership contributions to both his team and community.
There is nobody better at that than Doan, who also avoided distractions of the team possibly leaving town to help the Yotes reach the playoffs.
Behind his 18 goals and 37 assists, not to mention his mentoring and guidance of the younger players, Doan is the essential captain and leader of the Coyotes.
Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov could have made the Yotes three for three as he was up for the Vezina Trophy, given to the league's best net-minder.
Bryzgalov finished second, much to the dismay of Yotes fans who saw the Russian post 42 wins, including eight shutouts.
While Ryan Miller of Buffalo won the award, Bryzgalov and Coyotes fans shouldn't be upset with a second-place finish.