NHL Diary: Bruins, Avalanche Big Winners At Awards
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CROSBY, BRUINS AND AVALANCHE BIG WINNERS AT 2014 NHL AWARDS
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who led the NHL with 68 assists and 104 points during the regular season, won his second Hart Memorial Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2014 NHL Awards, held Tuesday in the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Crosby, who also accepted the Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring leader, was a near-unanimous choice in Hart Trophy voting by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, receiving 128 first-place votes and appearing on all 137 ballots cast. He collected 1,341 points to finish ahead of Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (877) and Flyers captain Claude Giroux (435).
Crosby, who previously won the Hart Trophy in 2006-07, also won the Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. It marked Crosby’s third overall – and second consecutive – win of the award (also 2006-07 and 2012-13).
Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask combined to take home four honors for the Bruins.
Bergeron captured the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League’s top defensive forward for the second time in three years after leading the NHL in face-off wins (1,015) and ranking second in plus/minus with a career-best +38 rating. He also was honored for his work off the ice, receiving the NHL Foundation Player Award for community service, and was announced as the fan-selected cover athlete for EA SPORTS NHL 15.
Rask won the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender in his first year as a finalist. He posted a 36-15-6 record, setting single-season highs in wins and appearances (58). Rask also was the only goaltender to rank among the NHL’s top five in each of the major statistical categories: first in shutouts (7), second in save percentage (.930), fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and fifth in wins.
The Avalanche combined for three NHL Awards, headlined by Patrick Roy capturing the Jack Adams Award as the League’s most outstanding head coach. Roy lifted the Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 points) to a historic turnaround in his rookie season behind an NHL bench, helping the team finish third in the overall standings after placing 29th in 2012-13. Colorado became the first club since the NHL expanded to 21 teams in 1979 to go from the bottom three to the top three in a single season.
Nathan MacKinnon (9/1/95) became the youngest winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie, surpassing Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner(5/16/92), who was three-and-a-half months older at the time of his win in 2010-11. MacKinnon, the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, led all rookies in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied) and shots on goal (241).
Ryan O’Reilly completed the Avalanche hat trick by collecting the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. He registered a career-high 64 points; led the team in goals (28), power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (6-tied); and paced the NHL in takeaways (83) for the second time in the past three seasons. O’Reilly also was flagged for just one minor penalty all season, joining Butch Goring as the only players ever to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games.
mplete List of 2014 NHL Award Winners:
Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Dominic Moore (NYR)
Calder Memorial Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Los Angeles Kings
Conn Smythe Trophy: Justin Williams (LA)
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
Hart Memorial Trophy: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
Jack Adams Award: Patrick Roy (COL)
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Duncan Keith (CHI)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Andrew Ference (EDM)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Ryan O’Reilly (COL)
Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone: Dustin Brown(LA)
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy: Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
NHL Foundation Player Award: Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award: Bob Murray (ANA)
Presidents’ Trophy: Boston Bruins
Prince of Wales Trophy: New York Rangers
Stanley Cup: Los Angeles Kings
Ted Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask (BOS)
William M. Jennings Trophy: Jonathan Quick (LA)
NHL ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR, ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS
The NHL also announced its All-Star and All-Rookie Teams for the 2013-14 season:
Comprising the First All-Star Team are goaltender Tuukka Rask (BOS); defensemenZdeno Chara (BOS) and Duncan Keith (CHI); center Sidney Crosby (PIT); right wingCorey Perry (ANA); and left wing Jamie Benn (DAL).
The Second All-Star Team consists of goaltender Semyon Varlamov (COL); defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (STL) and Shea Weber (NSH); center Ryan Getzlaf(ANA); right wing Alex Ovechkin (WSH); and left wing Joe Pavelski (SJ).
The All-Rookie Team includes goaltender Frederik Andersen (ANA); defensemenTorey Krug (BOS) and Hampus Lindholm (ANA); and forwards Tyler Johnson (TB),Nathan MacKinnon (COL) and Ondrej Palat (TB).
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR WILL LACEY
Nine-year-old Bruins fan Will Lacey, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was six months old, enjoyed an unforgettable night at the 2014 NHL Awards, walking the red carpet with Tuukka Rask and presenting Patrice Bergeron with the NHL Foundation Player Award.
Click here to learn more about his experience.
The Lightning signed forward Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract extension . . . The Kings signed defenseman Matt Greene to a four-year contract extension . . . The Hurricanes re-signed forward Nathan Gerbe, defenseman Ron Hainsey and forwardChris Terry . . . The Oilers acquired defenseman Nikita Nikitin from the Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft . . . The Capitals hired Mitch Kornas their goaltending coachcoach . . . ICYMI: Various players and celebrities, including King Clancy winner Andrew Ference, took selfies for the NHL’s Twitter account.
Source: NHL Media