Bob Hartley Named Jack Adams Finalist

It was expected by many, and it has arrived.

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has been named one of three finalists for the NHL’s Jack Adams Award, given to the league’s best coach each season.

Nicknamed “Bob the Builder” by local media, notably Herald scribe George Johnson, Hartley, 54, is a first-time nominee. He joined the Flames in May 2012, then had his first training camp cut short via a lockout. After his friend – and the general manager that hired him – Jay Feaster was let go before Christmas in 2013, many thought Hartley’s days were numbered. Feaster joked that if he had to fire Hartley, Bob would have to help him (Feaster) pack, too.

But Hartley was kept on, seemingly on an interim basis as interim GM Brian Burke assessed the situation. And after Brad Treliving was brought on as general manager, Hartley kept the Flames chugging along and ultimately, he was signed to a contract extension in December – just under a year after Feaster was let go.

Under Hartley’s tenure, the Flames made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and somehow, someway, found a way to stay in games late and steal points when every analytical argument suggested they shouldn’t have been able to.

For the curious, the Rangers’ Alain Vigneault and Nashville’s Peter Laviolette were the other two nominees.

Hartley joins NHL Foundation Player Award nominee Mark Giordano, Lady Byng nominee Jiri Hudler and Calder nominee Johnny Gaudreau as Flames representatives at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas in late June.

  • Hartley must be getting pretty close to one of the most popular Flames coaches of all time, right? I mean, c’mon, this team IS Bob Hartley personified.

    If things continue on the same path, I hope Bob is a Calgary Flame for many many years.

  • piscera.infada

    I have never watched so many post game pressers before this season. Generally it’s a lot of the same old same old, but Hartley has wisdom that seems to extend beyond hockey. He’s a great leader and motivator. Plus his cheesy dad jokes in a thick french accent are amazing.

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      Yeah his humour is great as well as the camaraderie with the press. That keeps it loose and enjoyable, as well you never know what’s coming next.

      Beyond that he always finds something positive to bring up and I’ve never heard him throw a player under the bus all season. He has their backs and has that knack at being able to encourage and build them up, growing beyond what has been the past. His developmental success with so many players has been incredible and one of his greatest attributes.

      As for the award it’s a no-brainer to me, considering where the team started and its success. Congrats to him!

  • ville de champignons

    Agree with Burnward. Don’t know if he’s the best coach in the league or even the best coach in Flames history, BUT he is absolutely the perfect coach for this group of players at this time. Best of luck, Bob, and Go Flames Go!

  • CutterMcAwesome

    He has really grown as a coach. He used to be all motivator. I really believe his time in Europe has made him as much of a teacher as a motivator. His players see the success his brand and his style has given them, and are inspired to keep learning and keep employing his style. Every player on that team from the captain down works for every single second of ice time they get. Hartley is easily 2015’s Coach of the Year.

  • CutterMcAwesome

    Well deserved, Hartley has been instrumental in the culture change within the organization. We’re lucky to have a coach with this guy’s pedigree who also loves and embraces everything in the community. Hope he wins it.

    Go Flames!

  • RKD

    One of the best coaches in the NHL, he’s adjusted the way he coaches. He really believes in young players and puts them in situations where they can succeed. He holds guys accountable and though he can be tough and demanding he is fair. He took a team expected to be worse than last season and got them to the playoffs and even win a round!