The Jack Adams trophy is awarded to the coach in the NHL "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success". It is an award that every NHL coach strives to win year after year.
Hitchcock came into St. Louis determined to have the team reach its full potential. With two years of missing the playoffs, Hitchcock was ready to bring the team back into the postseason.
He did that and more. The Blues finished atop the Central Division, and only two points out of the top seed in the West and from the Presidents' Trophy. He brought the Blues back to the glory they had before the lockout.
Hitch was recognized as the best coach in the NHL, and here are the five reasons why.