The head coach of the Minnesota Wild since its inception in 2000, Jacques Lemaire led the expansion franchise to its first playoff berth during 2002-03, thus earning his second Jack Adams Award. Minnesota finished the season with a 42-29-10-1 record for 95 points, a 22-point improvement from the previous season and the second best record by an expansion team since 1967. Lemaire's trademark defensive genius helped the Wild become the third expansion team since 1990 to earn a playoff berth, making a trip to the Western Conference Final. The Wild finished the season with the fourth best goals against average at 2.14 and fourth best penalty killing percentage at 86.0%. Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella was the Adams runner-up.