NHL Announces 11 Award Winners

Some of the NHL’s Awards were given out tonight, the rest will be awarded tomorrow night before Game two of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The National Hockey League announced some of the winners of this year’s awards today.

In a slightly different setting than the past few years, they did so in a low-key panel show starting at 5:00 PM on the NHL Network.  In previous years, they had a large show in Las Vegas that felt more like the Grammy’s.

Today the winners of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, King Clancy Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the Jack Adams Award, the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, the NHL Foundation Player Award and the General Manager of the Year Award were announced.

Tonight’s winners were as follows:

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Minnesota Wild Goaltender Josh Harding.
This is an award for perseverance and dedication to hockey.  Other nominees included Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby and Boston Bruins Adam McQuaid.

Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner: Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews.
This is awarded to the forward who best excels in defensive aspects of the game.   Other nominees included Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron.

Jack Adams Award Winner:  Ottawa Senators Coach Paul Maclean.
This award is presented to the coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.  Other nominees included Anaheim Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau and Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville.

General Manager of the Year Winner:  Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero.
This is presented to the General Manager who has best helped his team through the year.  Other nominees included Montréal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Martin St. Louis.
This award is presented to player who has exhibited the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.  Other nominees were New York Islanders Forward Matt Moulson and Chicago Blackhawks Forward Patrick Kane.

NHL Foundation Player Award Winner: Detroit Red Wings Captain Henrik Zetterberg.
This is an award presented to the player who best applies the core values of hockey (commitment, perseverance and teamwork) to enrich the lives of people in the community.

King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Boston Bruins Center Patrice Bergeron.
This trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off of the ice and has made noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Mark Messier Leadership Award Winner:  Ottawa Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson.
This award is given to the player who best exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team on and off the ice during the regular season.  Other nominees included Los Angeles Kings Captain Dustin Brown and Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews.

We also know, based on stats, that these players will be the winners of the following trophies.

The Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy Winner:  Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin (32 goals).
This award is presented to the player who amasses the most goals during the regular season. The other two finalists for this award were Tampa Bay Lightning Sniper Steven Stamkos (29 goals) and New York Islanders Forward John Tavares (28 goals).

The Art Ross Trophy Winner:  Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Martin St. Louis (60 points).
This is given to the player who tallies the most points during the regular season.  Other finalists included Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Steven Stamkos (57 points) and Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin (56 points).

William M. Jennings Trophy Winner(s):  Chicago Blackhawks Goalies Corey Crawford and Ray Emery.
This trophy is presented to the goalie(s) that have the fewest goals scored against them during the regular season.

Remaining are the announcements of the winners of the Calder Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy.  They will be announced tomorrow night on the NBC Sports Network.  Congratulations to all the winners!