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2011 NHL Awards

Chara, Doan, Lidstrom finalists for Messier Award

Monday, 06.06.2011 / 6:46 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON–Before stepping on the ice for a virtual must-win Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was named as one of three finalists for the NHL Mark Messier Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone. Messier made the announcement, adding Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings to his short, esteemed list.

The award recognizes players who are "superior leaders" on the ice, with teammates and in their communities. Messier, who makes the final call on the three nominees, looks to team and League officials for suggested nominees plus a list compiled by fans voting on NHL.com during the regular season.

Mohr returns to Vegas to host 2011 NHL Awards

Monday, 05.09.2011 / 12:00 PM / 2011 NHL Awards
Actor, writer and comedian Jay Mohr will return to Las Vegas in June to host the 2011 NHL Awards and honor the League's biggest stars for the second straight year, it was announced on Monday.

The best hockey players in the world will come together with Mohr and celebrities from music, stage and screen for the 2011 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 22, at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC in Canada).

"I am really excited to return to Las Vegas for the 2011 NHL Awards in June," Mohr said. "I had a great time hosting the event last year and look forward to celebrating this season's top hockey performances -- and the chance to poke a little fun, too."

Brown, Green, Sedin twins nominated for NHL Foundation Award

Monday, 05.02.2011 / 12:00 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL's annual award gala is a night when the finest achievements over the previous season are honored and many stars of the game walk away with freshly burnished credentials. But in addition to scoring leaders and top goaltenders, the NHL Foundation Award is also awarded to players who have applied "the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community".

This season the NHL has nominated L.A.'s Dustin Brown, Washington's Mike Green and Vancouver's Daniel and Henrik Sedin for its Foundation Award. While they are not fresh names to the list of nominees for League awards, and this award in particular, none of them have ever taken home the NHL Foundation Award.

Tickets available for NHL Awards in Las Vegas

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 5:52 PM / 2011 NHL Awards


All the excitement of finding out whether Daniel Sedin can keep the Hart Trophy in the family and Tim Thomas can bring home the Vezina for the second time in three years can be experienced up close and personal by NHL fans amidst the one-of-a-kind atmosphere only Las Vegas can provide.

Tickets for the 2011 NHL Awards at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.com at nhl.com/awardstickets and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office. Tickets include access to the 2011 NHL Awards show and the official NHL Awards Party, a cocktail reception to be held immediately following the show. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the NHL Awards Party.

Canucks react to Vigneault's Adams nomination

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 5:49 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

"He's been with this group for a long time and really done a good job all year with us and you can see that by how many points we racked up or special teams and that kind of thing."
-- Alexandre Burrows on Canucks coach Alain Vigneault

VANCOUVER -- For the third time in his career Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

Vigneault led the Canucks to their best regular season in franchise history as Vancouver captured its first ever Presidents' Trophy with 117 points.

On Friday morning, after an optional skate, players weighed in on their coach's accomplishment.

Alexandre Burrows, who played for Vigneault during his only season with the Manitoba Moose -- Vancouver 's AHL affiliate -- believes his coach is worthy of the award.

Trotz represents Predators with Adams nomination

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 12:00 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Barry Trotz has coached 12 seasons in Nashville, 984 games in all. He has led his team to the playoffs six times, and now has the Predators in the second round for the first time.

Trotz is, without question, one of the most respected bench bosses in the NHL, and for the second straight year he is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach.

Prior to Game 1 against the Canucks on Thursday, Trotz took time to chat with NHL.com and NHL Network about his season with the Predators, who finished fifth in the Western Conference with 99 points.

Bylsma, Trotz, Vigneault are Jack Adams nominees

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 12:00 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

Not only does the Western Conference semifinal-round series between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators feature a battle on the ice between two finalists for this year's Vezina Trophy, Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne, but it also has plenty of star coaching power behind each of the benches.

Vancouver's Alain Vigneault and Nashville's Barry Trotz were nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy, the NHL announced Friday, along with Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma. The Adams, handed out each year to "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," will be presented on June 22 at the 2011 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Hart candidate Perry enjoyed 'fun second half'

Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 4:41 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Corey Perry heard so much chatter about his Hart Trophy candidacy these past few weeks that his nomination Thursday wasn't too surprising.

But when he was officially named a finalist it brought his season into full focus, especially considering nobody tabbed him as a candidate in the beginning, including himself.

"It's something you don't really think about," Perry said. "You don't plan on it. But at the end of the day, it happened and it's exciting and it's a new chapter."

Daniel Sedin humbled by Hart Trophy nomination

Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 1:17 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Daniel Sedin continues to remain humble even in the face of great adulation. He already earned an invitation to the 2011 NHL Awards on June 22 in Las Vegas because he won the Art Ross Trophy as the League's regular-season scoring leader, but Sedin also will be trying to pick up an even greater prize in Sin City.

The NHL announced Thursday that Sedin, along with Anaheim's Corey Perry and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the regular season MVP as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Sedin finished the season with 104 points, helping the Canucks win the Presidents' Trophy with 117 points. He chatted for a few minutes with NHL.com and NHL Network to discuss what winning the Hart Trophy would mean to him.

Perry, D. Sedin, St. Louis are Hart finalists

Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 12:00 PM / 2011 NHL Awards

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

Everyone has his own definition of what constitutes "most valuable." It may not always be the player who scored the most goals or recorded the greatest number of points, but in the case of this year's nominees for the Hart Trophy, the National Hockey League's MVP award, it's hard to argue what they meant to their respective clubs.

Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning were named as finalists Thursday. The trio occupied the top three spots on the scoring list and were instrumental in their teams' accomplishments.

The Hart Trophy will be presented on June 22 at the 2011 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

If Perry, who led the League with 50 goals and finished third with 98 points, isn't the favorite, his ascension into the list of contenders was certainly the most rapid. Perry scored 19 goals and added 11 assists over the Ducks' final 16 regular-season games, helping them rise from a playoff bubble team to the fourth seed in the Western Conference. He recorded three hat tricks during the season and his 11 game-winning goals were also tops among all NHL players. He was also second among forwards in average ice time, playing over 22 minutes a game.
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