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2013 NHL Awards

Letang, Subban, Suter are first-time Norris finalists

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 10:00 AM / 2013 NHL Awards

NHL.com

The field for the James Norris Memorial Trophy received a makeover this season.

Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild are this year's finalists for the trophy awarded to the defenseman who shows the "greatest all-round ability" at the position, as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

It is the first time each finalist has been among the final three in Norris consideration and the field is absent traditional presences like 2009 winner Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, who finished as runner-up in each of the past two seasons.

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Gallagher, Huberdeau, Saad named Calder finalists

Monday, 05.06.2013 / 10:00 AM / 2013 NHL Awards

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher, center Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and left wing Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks are the 2012-13 finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Monday.

The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded to the League's top rookie.

Gallagher, who is celebrating his 21st birthday Monday, had 15 goals and 13 assists in 44 regular-season games for the Canadiens. A fifth-round pick (No. 147) at the 2010 NHL Draft, Gallagher has two goals in the first three games of Montreal's first-round series against the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Huberdeau, the No. 3 pick in 2011, finished second on the Panthers in scoring with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 48 contests. Huberdeau tied for first in rookie scoring with Edmonton Oilers winger Nail Yakupov, who was the No. 1 pick in 2012.

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Ovechkin caps furious finish with Richard Trophy

Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 9:43 PM / 2013 NHL Awards

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin entered a victorious Washington Capitals dressing room Saturday night, a winner in his own right.

Ovechkin did not score in the Capitals' regular-season finale, a 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins, but his 32 goals for the year were already tops in the NHL and enough to earn the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for the third time in his career.

"I just moved into a new house so there's lots of room," Ovechkin said jokingly of adding another trophy to his personal collection.

"It feels great. I didn't win personal awards for a couple years in a row, so it's nice to come back. Big thanks for the coaching staff and all my team. They give me this kind of opportunity."

For Ovechkin, it's an opportunity that some in the hockey world suggested would never come again.

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