Bruins' Bruce Cassidy Honored By Coach Of The Year Nomination

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Bruce Cassidy. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The B's went 50-20-and-12 in Bruce Cassidy's first full season guiding the bench--and now he's up for the Jack Adams award, given to the NHL's top coach. The other candidates are Jared Bednar from the Avalanche, and the man everyone expects to win--Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant.

Cassidy told NESN whatever will be will be.

"To win it would be very special," Cassidy said. "I know Gerard is the front runner, he had a terrific year in Vegas, but I guess anything could happen."

Also, Patrice Bergeron's a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

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Cassidy chatted with the B's website and said he never thought about something like this last season.

"I think your focus is on winning hockey games, getting back to being a playoff-caliber team, and a Stanley Cup contender, those were our goals," he said. "Then along the way, good things happen and you get some recognition. As you know, it's the ultimate team award."

Now, he's just looking ahead.

"We're already talking about next year," he said. "Your focus has to stay current and thinking about how we can get better and improve from last year. But there are times, you know, I think it's good for your soul to enjoy the things you do well and then work on the things you need to get better at. We've done our share of reflection. Now, draft's right around the corner, then free agency and development camp, and all of a sudden you're rolling right into next year."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

 

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