A previous second place Jack Adams finalist in 2000, Alain Vigneault in his first full campaign behind the Canucks bench led the club to a franchise record-breakings season.
The 46-year-old Quebec City native became the second Vancouver Canucks coach in team history to win the honour, following Pat Quinn in 1992. The Canuck's win record improved from 46 to 49 under Vigneault and recorded the highest points total in club history with 105. The Canucks were 29-11-7 in one-goal games and posted a League-best 32-8-6 mark after the Christmas break en route to their franchises fifth division title.
Last year's winner Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabers was the runner up for the award.