Carbo's big night

Thursday, 12.06.2008 / 9:45 AM / News
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Carbo\'s big night
MONTREAL --It’s time to dust off those tuxedos with the NHL set to honor its best and brightest stars of 2007-08, including coach of the year candidate Guy Carbonneau, at the annual awards gala on Thursday night.

Nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy along with the Red Wings’ Mike Babcock and Bruce Boudreau of the Capitals, Carbonneau will get strong consideration after having led the Canadiens to the top of the Eastern Conference only a year removed from missing the playoffs altogether in 2006-07.

Should Carbonneau earn the honor, he would become only the third coach in team history to do so since the award was first handed out in 1973-74.

Legendary Scotty Bowman was the first Habs coach to add his name to the trophy, after leading his 1976-77 Canadiens to their record-breaking season that saw his squad post a 60-8-12 mark and a league record 132 points. Twelve years later, fittingly the last time the Canadiens finished atop their conference in 1988-89, Pat Burns earned top coach honors in his first season behind the Montreal bench.

Will Carbo have to make some room at home alongside his three Frank Selke Trophies from his playing days? Find out tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com