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New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall won the Hart Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The Hart Trophy is "given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team". Hall certainly fit the bill in 2017-18. The 26-year-old finished the year with 39 goals and 93 points in 76 games last season. Hall is one of the huge reasons why the Devils went from being last in the Eastern Conference two years ago to being a Wild Card team last season. This was the first Hart Trophy of his career. Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar were the other two nominees.
Jun 20 - 10:17 PM

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee was named GM of the year on Wednesday night.

This is hardly surprising considering he built an expansion team that not only won their division but also made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas finished 2017-18 with an incredible 51-24-7 record in their inaugural season. This is the first time McPhee wins the award. He beat out Winnipeg's Kevin Cheveldayoff and Tampa Bay's Steve Yzerman. This was the fourth individual award of the night for the Golden Knights after Gerard Gallant (Jack Adams), William Karlsson (Lady Byng) and Deryk Engelland (Mark Messier Leadership Award) won a trophy of their own on Wednesday.
Jun 20 - 9:48 PM

Pekka Rinne won his first Vezina Trophy at the NHL Awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

The Vezina Trophy is "given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs". Rinne had his share of struggles during the playoffs, but he managed to post 42-13-4 record, a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage during the regular season. Rinne had been a finalist for the award multiple times, so it's nice to finally see him win one. Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck and Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy were the other finalists for the award.
Jun 20 - 9:43 PM

Deryk Engelland captured the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The Messier Award is given to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." Engelland was acquired via the expansion draft to be a leader for some of the young players on the roster. He is the third member of the Golden Knights to win an award on Wednesday after Gerard Gallant (Jack Adams) and William Karlsson (Lady Byng) earned some hardware before him.
Jun 20 - 9:30 PM

Gerard Gallant won the Jack Adams Award at the NHL Awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

The Jack Adams Award is given "to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success". Gallant was a shoe-in for this award, as he led the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a Pacific Division crown in their first year. The Golden Knights finished the season with a remarkable 51-24-7 record and they also made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Boston's Bruce Cassidy and Colorado's Jared Bednar were also nominated for the award in 2018.
Jun 20 - 9:22 PM

Anze Kopitar took home the Frank J. Selke Trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

The award is "given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game". Kopitar has been one of the premiere two-way forwards in the league for a number of years. The 30-year-old had 35 goals and 92 points in 82 games during the regular season. This is the second time he wins the award in the last three years. He beat out Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Boston's Patrice Bergeron.
Jun 20 - 9:11 PM

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will be on the cover of the NHL 19 video game.

Subban is the first defenseman to be on the cover of the video game since Dion Phaneuf appeared on the front back in 2009. He's also the first Predator to receive this honor. The 29-year-old had 16 goals and 59 points in 82 games during the regular season. He added another nine points in 13 contests during the postseason. Subban continues to be one of the more polarizing players in the NHL.
Jun 20 - 9:02 PM

Brian Boyle won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The trophy is given to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia prior to the start of the season, but he managed to return to the ice in November. The Devils forward had 13 goals and 23 points in 69 games this season.
Jun 20 - 8:55 PM

Golden Knights center William Karlsson won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

The Lady Byng Trophy is given to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability". The 25-year-old had 43 goals and 78 points in 82 games during the regular season. He had the fewest penalty minutes among the top 40 scorers in the league in 2017-18. He beat out Buffalo's Ryan O'Reilly and Florida's Aleksander Barkov.
Jun 20 - 8:48 PM

Islanders forward Mathew Barzal won the Calder Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

The award is given to "the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League" (rookie of the year). Barzal had an impressive 22 goals and 85 points in 82 games during his first full year. The 21-year-old beat out Vancouver's Brock Boeser and Arizona's Clayton Keller. Barzal will continue to be a huge part of the Islanders' franchise going forward. If John Tavares were to leave in free agency this summer, Barzal would become the face of the franchise.
Jun 20 - 8:38 PM

Henrik and Daniel Sedin won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

This award is "given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." The Sedin twins have made very valuable contributions to their community in Vancouver. Earlier this year, the brothers announced that they would be retiring from the NHL. They beat out Nashville's P.K. Subban and Minnesota's Jason Zucker.
Jun 20 - 8:25 PM

Victor Hedman won the James Norris Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The award is given to "the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." This is the first time that the Lightning defenseman has taken home the award. The 27-year-old had 17 goals and 63 points in 77 games during the regular season. He beat out Nashville's P.K. Subban and Los Angeles' Drew Doughty.
Jun 20 - 8:18 PM

Jonathan Quick won the William M. Jennings Trophy on Wednesday night.

The award is "given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Winners are selected based on regular-season play." Quick had 33-28-3 record with a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage this season. The Kings netminder also won this award back in 2014.
Jun 20 - 8:16 PM

Connor McDavid took home the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night.

The award is "presented annually to the 'most outstanding player' in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association". This is the second year in a row that he takes home this award. The Oilers missed the playoffs this season, but that wasn't McDavid's fault. The 21-year-old had 41 goals and 108 points in 82 games during the regular season. He beat out New Jersey's Taylor Hall and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon.
Jun 20 - 8:10 PM

Tom Kostopoulos isn't continuing his playing career, but he will stay within the Penguins' organization as a player development coach.

Kostopoulos, 39, is a veteran of 630 NHL games, but he spent the past five seasons as the captain of the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Kostopoulos has also helped guide many of Pittsburgh's notable young players when they were in the AHL, like Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel, and Conor Sheary, so he seems like a good fit for the role. The Penguins also announced that Andy Chiodo would become a goaltender development coach.
Jun 20 - 6:07 PM



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