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Tortorella, John
Tampa Bay Lightning

After finishing as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2003, John Tortorella collected the award as the NHL's top coach in 2003-04. Tortorella guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to the club's second consecutive Southeast Division championship setting a new team record of 106 points. Tampa also finished atop the Eastern Conference standings for the first time and placed second overall in the NHL standings, three points behind Detroit. The Lightning was one of the more exciting teams in the NHL in 2003-04, finishing with the third best goals per game average (2.99), while not giving away anything on the defensive side of the game as witnessed by their 2.34 goals against average. Tortorella and the Lightning left an indelible mark in the playoffs, capturing the club's first Stanley Cup title. San Jose's Ron Wilson was second and Calgary's Darryl Sutter was third in the voting.

Tortorella, John