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2013 NHL Awards

Ovechkin praises Oates after claiming Hart Trophy

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 10:55 AM / 2013 NHL Awards

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin was sharing the love with everyone in the Washington Capitals organization during a Sunday morning conference call in the wake of Saturday night's announcement he had won the third Hart Trophy of his illustrious career.

While he made sure to give credit to his teammates, general manager George McPhee and the Washington training staff, there was one person Ovechkin kept coming back to when handing out praise.

That was first-year Capitals coach Adam Oates, who made the decision to switch Ovechkin from his traditional position of left wing over to the right side, and in doing so perhaps rejuvenated the career of the four-time 50-goal scorer.

"I feel back on track, especially with him," Ovechkin said of Oates. "Last night I call him, he was almost the first person I called, after my family, of course, and then George. I call Adam and I say, 'Thank you very much.' I'm just happy because it means a lot to me."

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Bobrovsky becomes first Russian to win Vezina

Saturday, 06.15.2013 / 11:57 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had a simple formula that led to his best season, then on Saturday night to the Vezina Trophy.

"I wanted to win every game I played," Bobrovsky said through a translator after he was named the NHL's best goaltender for 2012-13.

He almost did during a 10-game stretch in March when he played every game for the Blue Jackets and went 8-0-2, and a season-ending nine-game run in April when he was 8-1-0.

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Canadiens' Subban credits teammates for Norris

Saturday, 06.15.2013 / 10:54 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

P.K. Subban's 2012-13 NHL season began with the Montreal Canadiens defenseman sitting on the sidelines, watching his teammates get off to a great start while he negotiated a new contract with general manager Marc Bergevin.

Subban missed the first four games of the season before signing a two-year, $5.75 million deal, and he sat out two more games before finally getting his season underway.

Though that might not have been the ideal start to the season for Subban, it couldn't have come to a much better conclusion Saturday night.

Subban was named the recipient of the James Norris Memorial Trophy prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, beating out fellow finalists Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild.

The Norris Trophy is awarded to the defenseman demonstrating "the greatest all-around ability in the position," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

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Ovechkin wins Hart; Subban, Bobrovsky honored

Saturday, 06.15.2013 / 9:00 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

NHL.com

CHICAGO -- Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins were two of the best players in the NHL this season and were recognized for their efforts Saturday night.

Ovechkin beat out Crosby and John Tavares of the New York Islanders to take home his third Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player as decided by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Ovechkin became one of 10 players in the history of the award to win it more than two times.

Crosby edged Ovechkin and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning to take home the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given to the League's most outstanding player in a vote by its players.

The Hart and Lindsay were two of five prizes handed out Saturday during an NHL Awards show at United Center before the start of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Hart battle highlights NHL Awards show on Saturday

Saturday, 06.15.2013 / 12:45 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

NHL.com

CHICAGO -- Before Game 2 of what has already been a riveting 2013 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL will hand out some very important hardware.

Beginning at 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC) on Saturday, the winners will be announced for some of the most coveted individual awards in hockey. During the hour-long awards show, recipients will be named for the Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy and Calder Memorial Trophy.

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NHL to reveal award winners leading up to Game 2

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 10:14 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins try to rehydrate, recover and gather their emotions after their marathon Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final, the hockey world will be allowed the opportunity to quickly swing its attention to a different set of Hall of Fame hardware that is shined up and ready to be handed out.

All 13 of the NHL postseason awards will be distributed before the opening faceoff in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The winners of the Bill Masterton Memorial, Frank J. Selke, King Clancy and Lady Byng trophies, the Jack Adams Award, the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, the NHL Foundation Player Award and the NHL General Manager of the Year Award were revealed Friday.

Beginning at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Network and CBC will join forces to co-host a live pregame television special in which the winners of the Hart Memorial, Calder Memorial, James Norris Memorial and Vezina trophies, along with the Ted Lindsay Award, will be revealed. The show can be seen on NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

The biggest question heading into awards season is who will win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player for the 2012-13 season? The finalists are Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders center John Tavares.

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Alfredsson on Messier Award: 'humbling experience'

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 9:45 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Daniel Alfredsson was a 22-year-old playing for Vastra Frolunda HC in his native Sweden when he got to meet Mark Messier. Little did he know he would win a trophy named for the NHL legend nearly 20 years later.

That day came Friday, when Alfredsson was named the recipient of the 2012-13 Mark Messier Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, which is given to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season."

Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates, but the final selection belongs to him. That's what makes the award so special for Alfredsson.

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MacLean earns Jack Adams for steadying Senators

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 8:35 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

It took Paul MacLean 18 years to prove he had what it took to be a coach in the NHL.

It took him exactly two years to prove he was the best one in the League.

MacLean was named the recipient of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year on Friday on the second anniversary of him being named coach of the Ottawa Senators.

MacLean helped the Senators overcome injuries to four of their best players this season to lead them into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they upset the second-seeded Montreal Canadiens before bowing out in the second round to the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Toews, MacLean win on first day of NHL Awards

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 7:55 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- In between Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron found themselves embroiled in a far less stressful yet still important individual battle for some NHL hardware.

Toews won it Friday, edging Bergeron and Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk for the Selke Trophy, which is handed out annually to the best defensive forward in the NHL as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

The winners of seven other postseason awards and trophies were revealed by the NHL on Friday. The Hart, Vezina, Norris and Calder trophies, along with the Ted Lindsay Award, will be presented Saturday during a live special on NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada at 7 p.m. ET.

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Wild goalie Harding wins Masterton Trophy

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 7:30 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding ended a dramatic season Friday with the distinction of being named the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

Few players demonstrated more dedication this season than Harding. In November, he revealed he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (also known as MS), a disease that attacks the central nervous system and can cause a loss of balance and blurred vision.

"I found out about the diagnosis, and obviously it hit me hard," Harding said. "But right away I knew I had to do something to kind of get back at it and find out what would work for me. During the year I had that tough stretch. But I don't think it ever crossed my mind that I was going to give up or anything like that.

"Fortunately for myself, I had a great group around me that supported me, that was always there for me, including my family, my friends, my teammates, the Wild. Absolutely everybody was on my side. I couldn't thank enough people for that."

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