For the first time in the Vancouver Canucks history, The Jack Adams Award for the best coach of the year was won by one of our own. Gerald Gallant won the award after the NEFHL writers association gave him a total of 23 points. Second place went to Dave Hakstol of the Edmonton Oilers with 12 points and third place to John Stevens of the Calgary Flames with 6 points.
“Well, what can I say? I want to thank General Manager Allen and the Canucks organization for believing in me. When they hired me in 2016, we were taking our lumps and it took some time to grow the system and start integrating some of the talent we acquired. We had a great season this past year but fell short of our ultimate goal but looking back, we had one of the best, if not the best turn arounds in NEFHL history” said Coach Gallant.
The Jack Adams Award is technically an individual honor, but Gallant made it clear that the rest of the Canucks coaching staff is just as deserving of the award as he is.
“We’re a group of five coaches, and they do just as much as I do,” he said. “They work hard every day; they come in early in the morning. We go over everything together as a group but it’s something I’ve never dreamed about. I never thought I’d be NEFHL Coach of the Year. It’s a great honor.”
In Other News and Notes Former Canucks prospect Kevin Stenlund, who was just recently traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a third round draft pick in 2022 has filed a grievance against the NEFHL, specifically Commissioner JD Barry. When reached for comment, it is said the Stenlund is hunkered down in Buffalo crushing world famous chicken wings and wiping his tears away.
It is believed that the following league e-mail from the Commissioner has led to the hurt feelings:
“Stenlund was drafted 4 years ago and hasn't shown any top 6 upside so when that happens, players like that lose value quite rapidly. However, teams will value 3rd round picks for that possibility of drafting a player who's value will increase and which they can flip for more. Stenlund on the other hand has shown nothing to me that would say he was worthy of a 2nd round pick at the time. His NEFHL draft position is probably more accurate. It's not impossible he turns into something but so far, he hasn't shown much. 25 points in the AHL as a rookie isn't all that impressive. TJ Tynan a few years back put up almost 50 in his rookie season and he's only seen a 3 game callup in his career. If Stenlund had 40-45 point rookie season, I'd say he's worth that pick. Curtis McKenzie was probably once worth a 2nd...”
It isn’t expected that this grievance will go anywhere as it is rumoured the NEFHLPA laughed it off.