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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 12:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Prospects on the ice

The top prospects are on the ice with kids at the St. Thomas Ice Arena for a USA Hockey ADM clinic.

Along with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Adam Larsson, Dougie Hamilton, Sean Couturier and Seth Ambroz are Brad Staubitz and Cal Clutterbuck from the Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke.

From the early looks, it's hard to tell who's having more fun -- the kids or the pros.

We'll have more, including photos, after the clinic.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK



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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 / 8:46 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Prospects on TV and radio

The last stop on the top prospects tour of the Twin Cities was KSTP, the Twin Cities' ABC affiliate, for a round of TV interviews.

Seth Ambroz, a native of New Prague, is the home-state favorite, so he was the first prospect to take his turn in front of the camera.

"Just basic questions about being from Minnesota and having the draft here," he said of the level of questioning.

Adam Larsson said he was asked to compare playing hockey in Sweden to playing hockey in North America, while Gabriel Landeskog his feelings heading into the first round of the Draft on Friday.

Next was a trip to the other end of the building for a spot on ESPN Radio 1500's Phunn House show with Joe Anderson and Minneapolis Star-Tribune NHL writer Mike Russo.

Each prospect got his turn at the microphone, and then it was back to the hotels for some personal time. The players will be back together in the morning for an American Development Model clinic at the St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota, Minn. NHL.com will be there the whole way, so check back often.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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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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I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game