The NHL handed out some hardware on Friday evening, and it was a great day for the Ottawa Senators organization. Both men who were nominated for awards came away the winners.
Daniel Alfredsson continued to demonstrate the respect he has earned around the league and came away with the Mark Messier Bridgestone Leadership Award.
Meanwhile, Alfredsson’s coach, Paul Maclean, took home the Jack Adams award for the Coach of the Year. It should come as no surprise that he wins, as I said in my awards preview it was the biggest no-brainer among all of the awards.
Other awards winners included Jonathan Toews (Selke), Josh Harding (Masterton), Ray Shero (GM of the Year), Martin St. Louis (Lady Byng), Henrik Zetterberg (NHL Foundation) and Patrice Bergeron (King Clancy).
As for SenShot’s predictions, we didn’t fare too badly. We were right on the money for the Messier, Adams, GM, Masterton and Lady Byng. We had picked Pavel Datsyuk for the Selke instead of Toews. So we can pat ourselves on the back for being on the same page as the voters.
The “Big” Awards, Hart, Lindsay, Norris and Vezina will be presented on CBC and NBC Sports prior to Saturday night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2, airing at 7:00.