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NHL announces 2013-14 All-Star Teams

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 9:17 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.

Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.

Among those named to the Second Team is Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, voted to the team for the third time. Also a six-time honoree on the First Team, Ovechkin's nine career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players, one more than Jaromir Jagr (7 First Team, 1 Second Team).

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Bruins' Rask wins his first Vezina Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:48 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Vezina Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
Rask, BOS 103 (16-6-5)
Varlamov, COL 90 (9-13-6)
Bishop, TBL 32 (1-6-9)
Price, MTL 26 (2-3-7)
Quick, LAK 9 (1-1-1)
Lundqvist, NYR 5 (1-0-0)
Mason, PHI 3 (0-1-0)
Bobrovsky, CBJ 1 (0-0-1)
Lehtonen, DAL 1 (0-0-1)

Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins 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.

Rask was the top choice for 16 of the 30 General Managers and received 103 voting points to edge second-place Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche (9 first-place votes, 90 points). Rask's win marks the third time in the past six seasons that a Bruins netminder has taken Vezina honors, following first-place finishes by Tim Thomas in 2009 and 2011.

Rask posted a 36-15-6 record, highlighted by a career-best 10-game point streak from Mar. 20-30 (9-0-1), as the Bruins captured their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990 and led the Eastern Conference in team defense (2.08 GA/game). He allowed two goals or fewer in 37 of 58 starts, set single-season highs in wins and appearances, and was the only goaltender to rank among the NHL’s top five in each of the major statistical categories: first in shutouts (seven), second in save percentage (.930), fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and fifth in wins.

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Ducks' Murray voted General Manager of the Year

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:44 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 GM of the Year Voting -- Top 10

General manager
Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
Bob Murray, ANA 66 (9-6-3)
Marc Bergevin, MTL 49 (7-4-2)
Dean Lombardi, LAK 33 (3-4-6)
Stan Bowman, CHI 29 (3-4-2)
Jim Nill, DAL 27 (4-0-7)
Peter Chiarelli, BOS 23 (2-3-4)
Chuck Fletcher, MIN 21 (2-3-2)
Steve Yzerman, TBL 19 (2-2-3)
Ken Holland, DET 14 (1-3-0)
Greg Sherman, COL 10 (2-0-0)

Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks is the 2013-14 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 regular season.

Murray paved the way for the finest season in Ducks history, leading the team to its second straight Pacific Division title; the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history; and franchise records in wins (54), points (116), points percentage (.707), home wins (29) and road wins (25). He set the Ducks up for success by re-signing Matt Beleskey, Saku Koivu, Ben Lovejoy and Kyle Palmieri as well as enticing Teemu Selanne to return for one final season. Murray also traded for Mathieu Perreault during the preseason; added depth players in Mark Fistric, Tim Jackman, Stephane Robidas and Jakob Silfverberg; and oversaw the development of young goaltenders Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.

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Avalanche's O'Reilly wins Lady Byng Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:36 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Lady Byng Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
O'Reilly, COL 1,181 (110-5-8-1-3)
St. Louis, NYR 358 (4-20-27-11-10)
Marleau, SJS 323 (3-15-23-21-10)
Seguin, DAL 289 (2-23-15-7-12)
Nielsen, NYI 182 (1-15-6-9-10)
Johansson, WSH 128 (1-7-7-9-7)
Selanne, ANA 115 (5-4-4-4-5)
Duchene, COL 104 (1-3-8-9-6)
Alfredsson, DET 97 (1-5-6-6-4)
Kopitar, LAK 61 (2-4-1-2-2)

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly has captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

O'Reilly posted a runaway win, receiving 110 first-place votes from 137 ballots cast. He was named on 127 ballots and collected 1,181 voting points, ahead of three-time Lady Byng Trophy winner Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers (358).

O'Reilly tallied a career-high 64 points as the resurgent Avalanche captured the Central Division title and tied a franchise record with 52 victories. He led the club in goals (28), power-play goals (nine) and game-winners (six-tied), and led the NHL in takeaways (83) for the second time in the past three seasons. O'Reilly was flagged for just one minor penalty all season, joining Butch Goring (1977-78, Los Angeles) as the only players ever to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games.

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Kings' Quick awarded William Jennings Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:30 PM / 2014 NHL Awards
Jonathan Quick
Goalie - LAK
RECORD: 27-17-4
GAA: 2.070000 | SVP: 0.915000

Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings was presented the William M. Jennings Trophy, presented "to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it."

Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 174 goals during the regular season, three fewer than the Boston Bruins. He captured his first William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the first in Kings history, compiling a 27-17-4 record with a 2.07 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and six shutouts in 49 appearances. Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon as the winningest goaltender in Kings history when he recorded his 172nd career victory March 22. He also moved within one of Vachon’s franchise record for shutouts when he posted the 31st of his career on April 2. Together with Martin Jones (4) and Ben Scrivens (3), the Kings compiled a League-leading 13 shutouts, a franchise record and the second-most by any team in the past nine seasons (2011-12 Blues: 15).

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Cancer patient has unforgettable time at NHL Awards

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:22 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Will Lacey slipped on the sparkly ring easily, its size so big he might easily slip over two of his 9-year-old fingers instead of the one it rested upon Tuesday afternoon.

He looked at the sparkly ring in amazement, then at the man who had just given it to him, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, with equal amazement. His gaze soon returned to the ring, a freshly-minted piece of jewelry Subban received from Hockey Canada to commemorate Canada's gold-medal triumph at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Then his gaze returned a beaming Subban.

For Lacey, on hand for his first NHL Awards at the Wynn Hotel, it was the highlight of an unforgettable night. He couldn't stop talking about the ring.


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Kings sign defenseman Greene to four-year extension

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:20 PM / News

NHL.com

The Los Angeles Kings announced Tuesday they signed defenseman Matt Greene to a four-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Greene, 31, has won the Stanley Cup twice in six seasons with Los Angeles. He had four points (four assists) and was plus-5 in 20 games during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which ended with the Kings winning their second championship in three seasons.

Greene, an alternate captain, has played for the Kings since he and Jarret Stoll were acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers in 2008. He had two goals and four assists and was plus-6 in 38 regular-season games in 2013-14; he has 13 goals and 56 assists in 504 career games.

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Bruins' Bergeron wins EA Sports NHL 15 cover vote

Boston Bruins forward selected to lead new generation of hockey videogames after more than 10 million fan votes

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:09 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Electronic Arts Inc., the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association announced today that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been voted by hockey fans to be the EA SPORTS™ NHL®15 cover athlete, kicking off a bold new generation of hockey videogames for the award winning franchise. Bergeron topped Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban following more than 10 million votes from hockey fans around the world. Earning 4 wins and 5 nominations for Best Sports Game at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014, NHL 15 is the next leap forward in the genre-defining franchise from EA SPORTS.

"Being featured on the cover of NHL 15 is a dream come true," said Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. "The fact that the cover is selected entirely by fans is an incredible feeling. The passion and support from hockey fans, especially Bruins fans, is unlike any other sport and I'm so grateful to everyone who voted for me."

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Kings' Brown wins Mark Messier Leadership Award

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:58 PM / 2014 NHL Awards
Dustin Brown
Right Wing - LAK
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 12 | PTS: 27
SOG: 195 | +/-: 7

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown 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 Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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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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