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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 9:02 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Perry grabs Hart Trophy

After carrying the Anaheim Ducks to the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, Corey Perry was recognized by being named the Hart Memorial Trophy winner, which is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. 

Perry appeared in all 82 games for the Ducks this season and led the club in both goals (50) and points (98). Nineteen of those goals came in the final 16 games of the season as Anaheim finished fourth in the Western Conference.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:34 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

St. Louis wins another Lady Byng

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for a second straight season on Wednesday night.

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of
sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

St. Louis was the runaway winner with 70 first-place votes and a total of 994 points. Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom -- who won his seventh Norris Trophy on Wednesday night as the League's best defenseman -- finished second in the voting for the fifth time in his career. Lidstrom tallied 464 points.

Also a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player, St. Louis had 31 goals, 68 assists and just 12 penalty minutes (which matched last season's career-low). He had points in each of the final nine games of the regular season and 15 of the last 17 to help the Lightning finish fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Tampa Bay rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games. The Lightning then swept the Washington Capitals in Round 2 before losing to the Boston Bruins in a tremendous seven-game Eastern Conference Final.

"This is a great honor to be here," St. Louis told the audience after repeating as the Lady Byng winner. "Thanks to the organization and everybody that has supported me all the way through this."

While St. Louis is now a two-time winner of the Lady Byng, Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk took the award home the previous four years (2006-09).

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:18 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Laperriere wins Masterton Trophy

Ian Laperriere, who spent his season on the sidelines due to injuries, is this year's recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

Laperriere sustained a severe injury during the 2010 playoffs when he blocked a shot with his head during Philadelphia's first-round series against New Jersey, sustaining a concussion and a fractured orbital bone. He returned to play during the Final. Laperriere attempted to play during in training camp, but could not overcome his concussion-related symptoms and has been on the long-term injury list all season.

Nevertheless, he has served the Flyers in several capacities, particularly as a mentor for young players in the organization.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:03 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Gillis named top GM

For building the team that won the Presidents' Trophy, Vancouver's Mike Gillis was given the General Manager's Award.

Gillis built the most successful team in Canucks' history; this year's team finished with 117 points and became the first team in 33 years to lead the NHL in offense and defense.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:51 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Skinner wins the Calder Memorial Trophy

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League's top rookie on Wednesday night.

Skinner, who turned 19 last month, was Carolina's first-round pick (No. 7) at the 2010 Entry Draft.

He appeared in all 82 games for the Hurricanes and 31 goals, 32 assists and 46 penalty minutes. His 63 points finished second on the club, trailing only veteran center Eric Staal (76).
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:47 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Bylsma wins Jack Adams Award

He didn't lead his team to the Stanley Cup as he did two years earlier, but Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.

The Penguins came in fourth in the East with 106 points, barely failing to overtake Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division title, despite not having Jordan Staal for most of the first half of the season and playing without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for the second half.

Bylsma beat out Vancouver's Alain Vigneault, who led the Canucks to the Presidents' Trophy, and Nashville's Barry Trotz
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:27 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Kesler takes home the 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy

Vancouver's Ryan Kesler was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League's best defensive forward on Wednesday night.

The third time proved to be the charm for Kesler, who had been nominated but lost in each of the past two seasons.

Kesler was a key component of a Vancouver team that won the Presidents' Trophy and carried the Canucks all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He had a league-best for forwards in the blocked-shot category (80) and also delivered 124 hits and 65 takeaways. Kesler also had a career-best 57. 4 percent success rate in the faceoff circle.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:20 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Chara wins the Mark Messier Leadership Award

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara was named the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone winner Wednesday night.

Messier, the NHL legend, hailed Chara not only for his on-ice contributions as the team captain, but also for his off-ice charitable initiatives.

Chara, who was up for the Norris Trophy, but lost to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, is a long-time supporter of Right To Play, a program that uses sport to improve thge lives of children from disadvantaged areas. He also was a big contributor to the Bruins' PJ Drive and Cuts for a Cause.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:13 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Lidstrom wins the 2011 Norris Trophy

Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom won the 2011 Norris Trophy, his seventh time winning the award for the League's best defenseman.

Boston's Zdeno Chara and Nashville's Shea Weber were the other finalists.

Lidstrom was second in scoring among defenseman with 62 points, including a personal best 11-game scoring streak. He played more than 23 minutes a game for the Red Wings.

Lidstrom tied Hall of Famer Doug Harvey by winning the Norris for the seventh time. Bobby Orr holds the record with eight.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 6:08 PM

By Bob Condor -  NHL.com Editor-in-Chief /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

It's hot out here in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Dave Lozo is live-blogging the Red Carpet show streaming live on NHL.com and, of course, on our cross-platform colleagues on NHL Network. But Dave, as he ruefully mentioned, is not here in Vegas but instead is parked on his sofa or favorite bean-bag chair. So, let's see, Lozo is propped with beverage and laptop. That means one of the two of us here in Vegas have to venture outside to check up on the red carpet fans. Lozo: cool and collected and steps from the fridge. One of us, in this case, me, outside in 108 degrees, not cool and a bit clammy.

Here's the outdoor report. Fans are braving 108 degrees temperature that no doubt trended crazy-hot higher on the heat index in the mid-day sun. Forty-five minutes before players arrived the gated red carpet line was five deep in some places. Folks were decked out in all sorts of jerseys despite the heat (and Lozo's sofa wise cracks, er, wisdom about donning T-shirts rather than jerseys in 100-plus temps). Top team choices were Bruins (naturally), Red Wings and a good run of Blackhawks (including a vintage Mikita, nice). Latecomers were lined up to buy team and Awards merchandise at a nearby shaded gear booth.

A number of smart fans were positioned by a line of misting machines. Others went with umbrellas, which don't exactly cool as well as misters but reduce the sunburn factor. Of course, no one out there is as cool as Lozo in the bean-bag chair back East.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 4:09 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Countdown to the NHL Awards begins

LAS VEGAS -- The countdown to the 2011 NHL Awards is just more than three hours. As you figure out the snacks and drinks for NHL Network's live broadcast of the Awards red carpet (5 to 7 p.m. ET) and the Awards telecast (7 to 9 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC), here is a look at the order for trophy winners and the celebs who will be presenting the award. The order offers some drama right away as Kevin Smith and Cobie Smulders hand off the Norris winner for best defenseman, which figures to be a tight race among perennial winner Nick Lidstrom, 2011 Stanley Cup champion captain Zdeno Chara and young star and already stalwart status, Shea Weber.

The night will cap with a tight call as well, when the Hart MVP winner is announced by Jennifer Beals and Jason Reitman among Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis. Here's the list, with a cheat-sheet line with the official category description for the casual fan.

James Norris Memorial Trophy (presented by Kevin Smith & Cobie Smulders)
Nominees: Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom, Shea Weber
Category: Outstanding All-Round Defenseman

Art Ross Trophy (presented to Daniel Sedin by Jay Mohr)
Category: Leading Scorer

Frank J. Selke Trophy (presented by Criss Angel)
Nominees: Pavel Datsyuk, Ryan Kesler, Jonathan Toews
Category: Forward Who Excels in Defensive Play

Jack Adams Award (presented by Donny Osmond)
Nominees: Dan Bylsma, Barry Trotz, Alain Vigneault
Category: Outstanding Coach

Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award Presented by Bridgestone (presented by Mark Messier)
Nominees: Zdeno Chara, Shane Doan, Nicklas Lidstrom
Category: Superior Leader in Hockey, Contributing Member of Society

Calder Memorial Trophy (presented by George Stroumboulopoulos & Jeremy Roenick)
Nominees: Logan Couture, Michael Grabner, Jeff Skinner
Category: Outstanding Rookie

William M. Jennings Trophy (presented to Cory Schneider & Roberto Luongo by Jay Mohr)
Category: Goaltenders on Club with Fewest Goals Against

NHL General Manager of the Year Award (presented by Craig Patrick)
Nominees: Mike Gillis, David Poile, Steve Yzerman

Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy (presented to Corey Perry by Jay Mohr)
Category: Regular-Season Goal Scoring Leader

Ted Lindsay Award (presented by Ted Lindsay)
Nominees: Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, Steven Stamkos
Category: Most Outstanding Player Selected by the National Hockey League Players' Association

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (presented by Luc Robitaille & David Henrie)
Nominees: Ray Emery, Daymond Langkow, Ian Laperriere
Category: Perseverance Sportsmanship and Dedication to Hockey

King Clancy Memorial Trophy (presented by Jerry Bruckheimer)
Category: Leadership Qualities On and Off the Ice

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (presented by Camille Grammer & Adrienne Maloof)
Nominees: Loui Eriksson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Martin St. Louis
Category: Sportsmanship and Gentlemanly Conduct

NHL Foundation Player Award (presented by Michelle Beisner & Commissioner Gary Bettman)
Nominees: Dustin Brown, Mike Green, Daniel & Henrik Sedin
Category: Dedication to Charities

Vezina Trophy (presented by Jon Hamm)
Nominees: Roberto Luongo, Pekka Rinne, Tim Thomas
Category: Outstanding Goaltender

Hart Memorial Trophy (presented by Jennifer Beals & Jason Reitman)

Nominees: Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, Martin St. Louis
Category: Most Valuable Player to His Team
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Posted On Monday, 06.20.2011 / 5:28 PM

NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Hamm, Bruckheimer among NHL Awards presenters

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood will be on hand in Las Vegas as presenters at the 2011 NHL Awards Show on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC).

Award-winning "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm, acclaimed film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, "Clerks" director Kevin Smith and "Chicago Code" star Jennifer Beals are just some of the big names that will be handing out awards to the biggest stars from the 2010-11 season. They'll join host Jay Mohr, country music star Dierks Bentley, hip hop group Far East Movement and NHL alums Mark Messier, Jeremy Roenick, Luc Robitaille and others walking down the red carpet and into the Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms in Las Vegas.

Also walking the red carpet will be NHL award nominees Dan Bylsma, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Loui Eriksson, Mike Gillis, Michael Grabner, Ryan Kesler, Nicklas Lidstrom, Roberto Luongo, David Poile, Corey Perry, Pekka Rinne, Daniel Sedin, Cory Schneider, Jeff Skinner, Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Tim Thomas, Jonathan Toews, Barry Trotz, Alain Vigneault, Shea Weber and more.

NHL Network and NHL.com will broadcast the red carpet festivities starting at 5 p.m. ET.  
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