Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has captured his first Vezina Trophy, awarded to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," as selected by NHL General Managers. Prior to 1981-82, the Vezina was awarded to the goaltender(s) whose team allowed the fewest goals during the regular season, the current criterion for the William Jennings Trophy.
Price was a near-unanimous selection, garnering 27 first-place votes from the 30 cast by NHL General Managers. His 144 voting points placed him ahead of Nashville's Pekka Rinne (60) and Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk (28).
Forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars has won his first career Art Ross Trophy, presented "to the player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season."
Benn entered the final day of the regular season third in the League scoring race with 83 points, one behind Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and New York Islanders forward John Tavares. Benn moved to the front by tallying four points (3-1–4) in a 4-1 win over Nashville, including a goal and an assist in the final 2:05 of the third period. His late surge increased his season total to 87 points (35-52--87), one more than Tavares (38-48–86), who notched a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to Columbus, and three more than Crosby (28-56–84), who did not record a point in his team's 2-0 win at Buffalo that clinched the Penguins a playoff berth. Benn, the first player in Stars history to win the scoring title, notched multiple points in five of his final six games of the season (7-8–15), including 10 points in his last three contests. The Stars captain established career highs in goals, assists and points, ahead of his previous highs of 34, 45 and 79, respectively, set in 2013-14.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is the recipient of the 2014-15 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. Burns has selected two beneficiaries: Defending the Blue Line, affording children of military members the opportunity to participate in the game of hockey by providing hockey equipment, game tickets and unique experiences with professional athletes, and Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships for family members of injured and/or deceased military men and women.
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is the recipient of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, which is awarded to a player “in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community.” The award recognizes an individual as a superior leader in hockey and as a contributing member of society. It honors an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and dedication to community activities and charitable causes.
Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and NHL fans in compiling a list of potential candidates. Selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is Messier's alone. Other finalists for this year's honor were Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets.\
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg 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."
The Red Wings captain rebounded from an injury-shortened 2013-14 campaign to lead his club in assists (49) and points (66). Zetterberg capped a productive campaign with four points in the final two games of the regular season with a postseason bid on the line, rallying the Red Wings to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a franchise-record 24th consecutive season -- the longest active such streak in North American professional sports.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claimed his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader, adding to the ones he earned in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Ovechkin became the sixth player in NHL history to record six 50-goal seasons, joining Mike Bossy (9), Wayne Gretzky (9), Marcel Dionne (6), Guy Lafleur (6) and Mario Lemieux (6). He also led the League and set a career high/franchise record with 25 power-play goals, while his 11 game-winning goals paced the NHL and matched a personal best. Ovechkin, who finished 2014-15 ahead of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (43) and New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (42), scored 41 of his 53 goals in the final 55 games of season (0.75 GPG). He posted his 473rd and 474th career goals on April 2 to surpass Peter Bondra (472) as the leading goal-scorer in Capitals history.
Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning is the 2014-15 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has captured the Jack Adams Award as "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
Hartley was a top-three selection on 63 of the 75 ballots cast, including 37 first-place votes, for 237 voting points. The Jack Adams win is a first both for Hartley and for the Flames franchise.
Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators has won his second James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the defenseman demonstrating "the greatest all-around ability in the position," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.