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Bergeron receives NHL Foundation Player Award

NHL to donate $25,000 to Boston Bruins Foundation

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:53 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is the recipient of the 2013-14 NHL Foundation Player Award, recognizing an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.

The NHL Foundation presents $25,000 to the winner's chosen charitable organization. Bergeron has selected the Boston Bruins Foundation, which assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England.

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Oilers' Ference awarded King Clancy Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:50 PM / 2014 NHL Awards
Andrew Ference
Defense - EDM
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 18
SOG: 77 | +/-: -18

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference is this year's recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community."

In his first season with the Oilers, Ference was named team captain and immediately made a mark in his new -- and hometown -- community.

Ference brought with him the November Project, an initiative started by two of his friends in Boston as a way for the former NCAA Division 1 rowers to stay in shape during the winter months. The free program encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate in various forms of physical activity in public locations throughout the city. Buoyed by Ference's efforts, the program experienced rapid growth shortly after its introduction.

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Capitals' Ovechkin wins Maurice Richard Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:49 PM / 2014 NHL Awards
Alex Ovechkin
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 51 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 79
SOG: 386 | +/-: -35

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claimed his second consecutive and fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader, adding to the ones he earned in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13.

Ovechkin scored 51 goals, becoming the 11th player in NHL history to record five 50-goal seasons and just the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5). Ovechkin, who finished 2013-14 ahead of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry (43) and San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (41), also registered his third career four-goal game Dec. 10; scored his 400th goal Dec. 20, becoming the sixth-fastest player in NHL history (and seventh-youngest) to achieve the milestone (634 GP).

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Crosby not worried Penguins are without coach

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:48 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are in limbo as new general manager Jim Rutherford continues to search for the team's next coach in the days leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft and the opening of free agency July 1.

It can be an uneasy time for anyone associated with the Penguins, but one member of the organization who isn't concerned, at least not yet, is captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby has been monitoring all the changes going on in Pittsburgh from afar and is quick to point out that it's still only June, that training camp doesn't open until September, and certainly by then the Penguins will have a new coaching staff and a new plan of attack.

"I don't think you have to get too dramatic about it," Crosby said Tuesday from the red carpet at the 2014 NHL Awards. "It's still early. There's lots of time left."

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Penguins' Crosby wins Art Ross Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:46 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins has won his second career Art Ross Trophy, presented "to the player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season."

Crosby, who won his first Art Ross Trophy in 2006-07, finished with 36 goals, a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points -- besting Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (31-56—87) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux (28-58—86). Crosby registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point. He posted four point streaks of five or more games, highlighted by an eight-game run to open the season (Oct. 3-19: 7-10—17) and a 10-game stretch Dec. 3-21 (7-11—18). Crosby also reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career; only Mario Lemieux (10 times) has had more such seasons in Penguins history. On Nov. 29, Crosby became the third player in team history to reach 700 points, doing so in his 497th game, the fastest among active players and sixth-fastest in NHL history. He also became the fourth player in Penguins history to earn multiple Art Ross Trophies, following Lemieux (6), Jaromir Jagr (5) and Evgeni Malkin (2). His 17-point gap over Getzlaf marks the greatest differential for the League’s scoring champion since 1998-99, when Jagr beat out Teemu Selanne by 20 points.

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Avalanche's MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:39 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Calder Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
MacKinnon, COL 1,347 (130-6-1-0-0)
Palat, TBL 791 (5-78-29-15-5)
Johnson, TBL 352 (0-13-29-30-26)
Krug, BOS 287 (1-9-23-25-24)
Maatta, PIT 225 (0-11-18-16-10)
Trouba, WPG 213 (1-11-17-9-14)
Lindholm, ANA 208 (0-7-15-22-18)
Monahan, CGY 38 (0-2-2-3-5)
Andersen, ANA 25 (0-0-0-4-13)
Kreider, NYR 20 (0-0-1-3-6)

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."

MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice, receiving 130 first-place votes from the 137 ballots cast. The 18-year-old (9/1/95) becomes the youngest Calder winner ever. Carolina forward Jeff Skinner (5/16/92) was three and a half months older when he captured the award in 2011.

MacKinnon topped all first-year players in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied) and shots (241). The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft tallied at least one point in 13 consecutive games from Jan. 25 to March 6 (5-13—18), breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for the longest single-season point streak by a player age 18 or younger (12 games).

The Cole Harbour, N.S., native is the second Avalanche player in the past three years to be voted the League's top rookie, following captain Gabriel Landeskog's Calder Trophy win in 2012.

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Rangers' Moore awarded Bill Masterton Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:34 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore is the 2013-14 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." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited those qualities. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury.

Moore returned to the NHL this season after taking a leave of absence from the League in the spring of 2012 in order to care for his wife, Katie, after she had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Katie passed away at the age of 32 in January of 2013. Moore thereafter established the Katie Moore Foundation (katiemoore.org), dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community. He resumed his career as an integral part of a Rangers team that earned 96 points and a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division.

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Bruins' Bergeron wins Frank Selke Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:24 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Selke Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
Bergeron, BOS 1,283 (112-21-2-2-0)
Kopitar, LAK 840 (20-66-26-15-3)
Toews, CHI 624 (2-36-57-20-7)
Backes, STL 415 (3-5-31-59-18)
Hossa, CHI 66 (0-5-2-2-15)
O'Reilly, COL 58 (0-0-3-10-13)
Plekanec, MTL 45 (0-0-4-5-10)
Pavelski, SJS 32 (0-0-2-3-13)
Couturier, PHI 30 (0-1-2-1-10)
Getzlaf, ANA 22 (0-1-1-2-4)

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has captured the Frank J. Selke Trophy in recognition of "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Bergeron garnered 1,283 voting points, including 112 first-place votes among the 137 cast, to finish ahead of second-place Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings (840 points). Bergeron won the Selke for the second time in three years. He finished second to this year's other finalist, Chicago's Jonathan Toews, in 2013.

Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015 -- the most by any player in the past seven seasons -- as the Bruins posted the best defensive record in the Eastern Conference and second-best in the League overall (2.08 goals per game). He ranked second in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high +38 rating and led all Bruins forwards in average ice time playing shorthanded (1:57).

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Penguins' Crosby selected as Ted Lindsay Award recipient

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:09 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

The National Hockey League Players' Association announced today that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the 2013-14 recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers were nominated by the members of the NHLPA as finalists for the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award.

Crosby has now received the Ted Lindsay Award in back-to-back seasons and has been voted by his peers as the "Most Outstanding Player" three times (2006-07, 2012-13, 2013-14) in his career. He was also a finalist in 2009-10.

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Flyers GM Hextall interested in trading up at draft

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 4:19 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Trade talk is usually par for the course in the days leading up to the NHL Draft. It's never too surprising to find the Philadelphia Flyers in the middle of such talk, either.

That's especially true this year, when for the first time in the Flyers' 46-year history, they will be hosting the draft, at Wells Fargo Center. The first round will be held Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) and rounds 2-7 will be Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

One day after what could be considered his busiest day since taking over as general manager in May, Ron Hextall was at the Flyers' practice facility Tuesday to discuss the draft and the possibility of a trade at some point this weekend.

"We'll look at trading up if we can, but we won't trade up if we're going to get a similar player at where we are drafting right now in the first round," said Hextall, whose team has the 17th choice in the first round. "There is separation from the top of the draft and where we are drafting, so we'll look to trade up.

"There's no [Sidney] Crosby or [Drew] Doughty in this draft, but there will be some good players taken. It's a decent draft but lacking high-end type guys that some drafts produce."

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

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