If you followed along with the first post, you would have seen the results of some of the first awards that were given out including Artemi Panarin and the Calder Trophy, Jim Rutherford winning General Manager of the Year, Jaromir Jagr and the Bill Masterton Trophy and Shea Weber taking home the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Now for the next award, Henrik Sedin won the King Clancy Trophy for being, “the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.” Henrik Sedin has an impact on the Vanc0uver Canucks in more ways than just his on ice contributions.
Sedin is heavily invested in donating his time and efforts to bettering the community in Vancouver. On top of having a suite for different charity groups named the Sedin Corner for all home games, both of the Sedin brothers have personally donated $1.5 million dollars to held build a new children’s hospital.
The awards for charity work kept going with Mark Giordano taking home the NHL Foundation Player Award for Outstanding Charitable and Community Work. Giordano and his wife have worked hard in Calgary to be involved in the community. The NHL will donate $25,000 to the charity of his choice in addition to his win.
Team Giordano was founded about two years ago and has since made a huge impact on the low income schools in Calgary. In the years that Team Giordano has been providing help to the community, they have been able to donate over $200,000 to 4 local schools.
Every year, the cover of EA Sports NHL video game features a different NHL player. Through social media, fans vote for who they think is most deserving. The St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko was revealed as the 2017 cover star. The game is set to release on September 13, 2016. For details about the game, go here.
“It’s an incredible honor to represent my teammates and all the Blues fans around the world on the cover this year,” said Tarasenko. “As a player, it’s a big deal to be fan selected for something like the Cover Vote, and I’m excited to be involved in the game this year.”
The LA Kings came up big at the NHL Awards, this year. Drew Doughty was able to take home the Norris Trophy as a “defenseman demonstrating the greatest all-around ability in the position.” Doughty has been nominated numerous times, but this is the very first time he has won.
Doughty was very touched by the fact that he finally was able to take home the Norris, noting that his mom crying in the audience almost made him cry. Doughty had a fantastic season ending with a personal best +24 rating and registering 14 goals, 37 assists, 51 points; his best since the 2009-10 season.
While Doughty was still being interviewed, it was announced that fellow King Anze Kopitar had won the Frank Selke Trophy. This award goes to, “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” The Selke winner of the past three of four years, Patrice Bergeron, was finally beat out for the honor. Though Kopitar couldn’t be there, he did thank Bergeron for finally letting him win.
Kopitar also won the Lady Byng trophy for, “the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The newly minted Kings’ captain is definitely deserving.
Barry Trotz is one of the most genuine guys you will ever meet. As he walked the red carpet on Wednesday afternoon with his son Nolan, who has Down syndrome, he stopped to talk extensively with every reporter who requested him. Trotz took home the Jack Adams Award for being the ‘coach of the year’ and it came as no surprise.
Trotz is insightful and caring. He led the Washington Capitals to a Presidents Trophy win and coached them to set new franchise records such as total wins and road wins (27).
The Vezina trophy goes to the “goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.” So even though Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby was even surprised about his nomination, the world was certainly not. His phenomenal and even record setting season was not one to be ignored.
The first time NHL Award nominee was a highly obvious choice to be the winner. Holtby tied Marty Brodeur’s record of 48 wins in a season, which helped lead the team to its President’s Trophy win.
Last, but surely not least, Patrick Kane came out big this weekend. The first award he was given was the Ted Lindsay Award as the “most outstanding player” which was voted on by his fellow NHLPA members. Kane was the first U.S. born player to win this award. Kane was also awarded the Art Ross Trophy at the end of the season for leading the league in scoring points.
Kane also took home the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. He is the first Blackhawks player to win the Hart since the 1967-68 season. Kane had at least one point in 64 of the 82 games that he played in. During that feat, he had a 26 game win streak, which set a franchise record.