It was a good night to be a player from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia as two superstar players from that town took home an armful of awards from the NHL Awards. Sidney Crosby won the Art Ross, Hart, and Ted Lindsay awards while his young compatriot took home the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year. It was also a good night to be a member of the Colorado Avalanche, as three different members of the organization brought hardware home to the Mile High City.
The show opened with a short monologue from George Strombolopoulos, who will take over as the host for Hockey Night in Canada from Ron MacLean next season as the rights switch to Rogers Communication.
Here is a rundown of the Awards night:
- Sidney Crosby was named the winner of the Ted Lindsay Award, for the Most Outstanding Player as voted by the players. (My Pick – Crosby – 1/1)
- The Frank J. Selke Trophy for best defensive forward was Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins (My Pick – Bergeron – 2/2
- Rich Peverley, who had the scariest incident of the season with his cardiac event on the bench during a game, presented the Bill Masterton Awards for Perseverance and Dedication to Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers. Moore had taken a year off to be with his wife, who he lost to a rare form of cancer. (My Pick – Manny Maholtra - 2/3)
- Nathan MacKinnon, as expected, won the Calder Trophy for top Rookie in the NHL. (My Pick – MacKinnon – 3/4)
- Andrew Ference was named the King Clancy Award winner for Community dedication.
- The Foundation Award for community service went to Bergeron.
- The Mark Messier Leadership award was presented to Dustin Brown by Messier.
- Duncan Keith took home the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman (My Pick – Keith – 4/5)
- The coach of the year Patrick Roy was awarded the Jack Adams (My Pick – Roy – 5/6)
- Ryan O’Reilly took home the Lady Byng Trophy for most gentlemanly player (My Pick – O’Reilly – 6/7)
- Bob Murray was voted the top General Manager in the league.
- The top masked man was Tuukka Rask, who was named the Vezina Trophy winner (My Pick – Semyon Varlamov – 6/8)
- Crosby was back again to accept the Hart Trophy as the League MVP.
Also, Bergeron was revealed as the cover athlete for EA Sports NHL ’15 video game, after beating out P.K. Subban in the final round of voting.
That puts a final bow on the 2013-14 NHL season. The 2014-15 season will commence in earnest in a matter of hours with the NHL draft that begins Friday night in Philadelphia.