Rod Brind'Amour was one of the most dependable during his 21-year NHL playing career. As a head coach, he's been named the sport's best.
The 50-year-old Carolina Hurricanes boss won the 2020-21 Jack Adams Award on Thursday, which is presented annually to the coach who contributed most to his team's success. The Canes went 36-12-8 this season, winning the Central Division before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the postseason.
It was Brind'Amour's third season as head coach. He previously won the Frank Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in 2006 and 2007.
Brind'Amour beat fellow finalists Dean Evason of the Minnesota Wild and Joel Quenneville of the Florida Panthers for the honors. Quenneville previously won the award after leading the St. Louis Blues in the 1999-2000 season.
Carolina hadn't made the postseason in nine years before Brind'Amour stepped behind the bench ahead of the 2018-19 season. That year, the Canes defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals before getting swept by the Boston Bruins.
The Hurricanes have returned to the playoffs each of the following seasons as Brind'Amour became the fastest coach to reach 100 wins in franchise history and the 12th-fastest in NHL history.
Earlier on Thursday, Brind'Amour signed a three-year extension to remain with Carolina, with general manager on Waddell praising the work of his coach.
"As a coach, you put the plan in and watch your guys go after it," Brind'Amour said. "You're invested with them. That's what you can't get anywhere else doing anything else. I think I'll always have the fire to do that."