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Oilers' Ference awarded King Clancy Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:50 PM / 2014 NHL Awards
Andrew Ference
Defense - EDM
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 18
SOG: 77 | +/-: -18

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference 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."

In his first season with the Oilers, Ference was named team captain and immediately made a mark in his new -- and hometown -- community.

Ference brought with him the November Project, an initiative started by two of his friends in Boston as a way for the former NCAA Division 1 rowers to stay in shape during the winter months. The free program encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate in various forms of physical activity in public locations throughout the city. Buoyed by Ference's efforts, the program experienced rapid growth shortly after its introduction.

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Capitals' Ovechkin wins Maurice Richard Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:49 PM / 2014 NHL Awards
Alex Ovechkin
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 51 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 79
SOG: 386 | +/-: -35

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claimed his second consecutive and fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader, adding to the ones he earned in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13.

Ovechkin scored 51 goals, becoming the 11th player in NHL history to record five 50-goal seasons and just the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5). Ovechkin, who finished 2013-14 ahead of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry (43) and San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (41), also registered his third career four-goal game Dec. 10; scored his 400th goal Dec. 20, becoming the sixth-fastest player in NHL history (and seventh-youngest) to achieve the milestone (634 GP).

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Crosby not worried Penguins are without coach

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:48 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are in limbo as new general manager Jim Rutherford continues to search for the team's next coach in the days leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft and the opening of free agency July 1.

It can be an uneasy time for anyone associated with the Penguins, but one member of the organization who isn't concerned, at least not yet, is captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby has been monitoring all the changes going on in Pittsburgh from afar and is quick to point out that it's still only June, that training camp doesn't open until September, and certainly by then the Penguins will have a new coaching staff and a new plan of attack.

"I don't think you have to get too dramatic about it," Crosby said Tuesday from the red carpet at the 2014 NHL Awards. "It's still early. There's lots of time left."

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Penguins' Crosby wins Art Ross Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:46 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins has won his second career Art Ross Trophy, presented "to the player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season."

Crosby, who won his first Art Ross Trophy in 2006-07, finished with 36 goals, a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points -- besting Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (31-56—87) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux (28-58—86). Crosby registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point. He posted four point streaks of five or more games, highlighted by an eight-game run to open the season (Oct. 3-19: 7-10—17) and a 10-game stretch Dec. 3-21 (7-11—18). Crosby also reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career; only Mario Lemieux (10 times) has had more such seasons in Penguins history. On Nov. 29, Crosby became the third player in team history to reach 700 points, doing so in his 497th game, the fastest among active players and sixth-fastest in NHL history. He also became the fourth player in Penguins history to earn multiple Art Ross Trophies, following Lemieux (6), Jaromir Jagr (5) and Evgeni Malkin (2). His 17-point gap over Getzlaf marks the greatest differential for the League’s scoring champion since 1998-99, when Jagr beat out Teemu Selanne by 20 points.

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Avalanche's MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:39 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Calder Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
MacKinnon, COL 1,347 (130-6-1-0-0)
Palat, TBL 791 (5-78-29-15-5)
Johnson, TBL 352 (0-13-29-30-26)
Krug, BOS 287 (1-9-23-25-24)
Maatta, PIT 225 (0-11-18-16-10)
Trouba, WPG 213 (1-11-17-9-14)
Lindholm, ANA 208 (0-7-15-22-18)
Monahan, CGY 38 (0-2-2-3-5)
Andersen, ANA 25 (0-0-0-4-13)
Kreider, NYR 20 (0-0-1-3-6)

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."

MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice, receiving 130 first-place votes from the 137 ballots cast. The 18-year-old (9/1/95) becomes the youngest Calder winner ever. Carolina forward Jeff Skinner (5/16/92) was three and a half months older when he captured the award in 2011.

MacKinnon topped all first-year players in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied) and shots (241). The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft tallied at least one point in 13 consecutive games from Jan. 25 to March 6 (5-13—18), breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for the longest single-season point streak by a player age 18 or younger (12 games).

The Cole Harbour, N.S., native is the second Avalanche player in the past three years to be voted the League's top rookie, following captain Gabriel Landeskog's Calder Trophy win in 2012.

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Rangers' Moore awarded Bill Masterton Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:34 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore is the 2013-14 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited those qualities. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury.

Moore returned to the NHL this season after taking a leave of absence from the League in the spring of 2012 in order to care for his wife, Katie, after she had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Katie passed away at the age of 32 in January of 2013. Moore thereafter established the Katie Moore Foundation (katiemoore.org), dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community. He resumed his career as an integral part of a Rangers team that earned 96 points and a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division.

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Bruins' Bergeron wins Frank Selke Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:24 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Selke Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
Bergeron, BOS 1,283 (112-21-2-2-0)
Kopitar, LAK 840 (20-66-26-15-3)
Toews, CHI 624 (2-36-57-20-7)
Backes, STL 415 (3-5-31-59-18)
Hossa, CHI 66 (0-5-2-2-15)
O'Reilly, COL 58 (0-0-3-10-13)
Plekanec, MTL 45 (0-0-4-5-10)
Pavelski, SJS 32 (0-0-2-3-13)
Couturier, PHI 30 (0-1-2-1-10)
Getzlaf, ANA 22 (0-1-1-2-4)

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has captured the Frank J. Selke Trophy in recognition of "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Bergeron garnered 1,283 voting points, including 112 first-place votes among the 137 cast, to finish ahead of second-place Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings (840 points). Bergeron won the Selke for the second time in three years. He finished second to this year's other finalist, Chicago's Jonathan Toews, in 2013.

Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015 -- the most by any player in the past seven seasons -- as the Bruins posted the best defensive record in the Eastern Conference and second-best in the League overall (2.08 goals per game). He ranked second in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high +38 rating and led all Bruins forwards in average ice time playing shorthanded (1:57).

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Penguins' Crosby selected as Ted Lindsay Award recipient

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:09 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

The National Hockey League Players' Association announced today that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the 2013-14 recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers were nominated by the members of the NHLPA as finalists for the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award.

Crosby has now received the Ted Lindsay Award in back-to-back seasons and has been voted by his peers as the "Most Outstanding Player" three times (2006-07, 2012-13, 2013-14) in his career. He was also a finalist in 2009-10.

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Hurricanes re-sign Gerbe to two-year contract

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 6:46 PM / News

NHL.com

The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday re-signed forward Nathan Gerbe to o a two-year, $3.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and $2 million in 2015-16.

Gerbe, 26, signed as a free agent with Carolina last summer and set or tied career highs in goals (16), power-play goals (3), points (31) and shots (221) in 2013-14. He ranked fourth on the Hurricanes in goals and seventh in points while playing in 81 of the team's 82 games.

Gerbe played his 200th NHL game on Oct. 28 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and notched his 100th career point with a shorthanded goal against the New Jersey Devils on March 8.

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Hainsey agrees to three-year deal to stay with Carolina

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 6:23 PM / News

NHL.com

The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday came to terms with defenseman Ron Hainsey on a three-year, $8.5 million contract.

Hainsey, 33, will make $3 million each of the next two seasons and $2.5 million in the final year.

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I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

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