In a pre-game ceremony held before the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders on Thursday night, the organization handed out its annual team awards. Read on to learn which players received MVP honors, the award for best defenseman, and the most improved player award, among others.
Bobby Clarke Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
Voracek enjoyed his best season as a professional in 2013, setting a career high in goals with 21 (previously 18), and nearing a career high in points with 45 (career high of 50). He trails only Claude Giroux (47) in scoring. When you consider the fact that he accomplished this in a shortened season, only 46 games entering tonight’s contest with the Islanders, and it’s really quite impressive. While many wondered who would help fill the void on Claude Giroux’s wing, Voracek passed the test with flying colors.
Barry Ashbee Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman)
At age 38 and playing in the final year of his contract, many wondered whether Timonen could keep up his high level of play in this condensed season. Well, he did. He put up 5 goals and 24 assists for 29 points in 45 games for the Flyers; which is a nearly 53 point pace over 82 games. That total would narrowly miss his career best season of offensive output at 55 points. Timonen, along with Luke Schenn, provided the only steady defensive presence the Flyers could rely on all season. He signed a one-year extension for his efforts.
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy (Most Improved Player)
I think the above speaks for itself…
Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award
Despite struggling mightily in 2013 with injuries and poor production (only 8 goals and 11 points), it’s hard not to love Scott Hartnell the person. By now everybody is aware of how he’s fully embraced his inability to stay on his feet with #HartnellDown.
Gene Hart Memorial Award (Given to the player who demonstrated the most “heart” this season)
It was pretty apparent, even last year, that Zac Rinaldo played at full speed all of the time. Some may argue that that in and of itself qualifies as playing with “heart”. However, Rinaldo took that effort to another level this season, showing a more disciplined side while still providing the same effort. That discipline found him playing a very effective third line role at times this season. He was rewarded with a two-year extension.
Toyota Cup (Most points associated with being chosen as a ‘Star of the Game’)
Despite criticism that he had a “down season” Claude Giroux entered the game against the Islanders at over a point per game at 47 points in 46 games. That equates to nearly 84 points over an 82 games season; which is not far off from last season’s 93 points, and he did it without his highly effective wingers from last season, Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr. Giroux is still elite.