|John Stevens guided the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first full season as head coach. (Getty Images) |
Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach John Stevens has been named Coach of the Year by The Hockey News.
"There was a lot of pressure on John and his staff coming into this season," said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. "It's truly remarkable what he was able to accomplish, taking us from last place a season ago into the Eastern Conference Finals. Our entire organization is extremely proud of all that John and his team accomplished this year. It is great that The Hockey News has recognized John with this honor."
"John and his coaching staff did a phenomenal job of leading our team into the Conference Finals," said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. "He kept the team together all season long through adversity and injury and is truly deserving of this honor."
"John did an exceptional job in his first full season as a head coach in the NHL and of our hockey club," said club General Manager Paul Holmgren. "He and his staff worked well together and he is very deserving of this award."
Our entire organization is extremely proud of all that John and his team accomplished this year. It is great that The Hockey News has recognized John with this honor. - Ed Snider
"John is the coach that we deemed did the best job in the regular season and post-season," said The Hockey News Editor-In-Chief Jason Kay. "John did a great job in leading a great turnaround, but also the style that he employs, such a calm demeanor behind the bench, is an example of his leadership. The way that he carries himself showed with the product on the ice, particularly in the playoffs, the way that team stuck together and held together when a lot of people didn't anticipate they would do as well."
"To me, this is more of an organizational award than a coaching award," said Stevens. "I think that it's a reflection of all the good things done from (General Manager) Paul Holmgren down to the players. The honor was given to me, but in my mind it should be given to the entire organization for all the work that everyone has done."
Stevens completed his first full season as head coach of the Flyers after being promoted from assistant coach on October 22, 2006. He led his team to the Eastern Conference Finals after posting a 42-29-11 record and 95 points to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference in 2007-08. The Flyers finished 39 points and 20 wins ahead of their totals from the previous season (22-48-12 for 56 points in 2006-07; 42-29-11 for 95 points in 2007-08). Their 39-point turnaround was the most of any team in the National Hockey League this past season.