MONTREAL -- The recipients of the Jean Béliveau, Jacques-Beauchamp-Molson and Molson Cup awards as well as the team nominee for the King Clancy award will be honored prior to the Canadiens last regular season home game on Friday April 7, when the Tampa Bay Lightning will be at the Bell Centre.
On that occasion, the Jean Béliveau Trophy will be presented to team captain Max Pacioretty, the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Award to forward Phillip Danault and the Molson Cup to goaltender Carey Price. The Canadiens netminder will also be acknowledged after being voted by his fellow players as the Canadiens' nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy to be handed out at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas this coming June.
Jean Béliveau Trophy: Max Pacioretty
Awarded annually to the Canadiens player who best exemplifies leadership qualities in the community, the Jean Béliveau Trophy is presented to team captain Max Pacioretty for the 2016-17 season. Players are evaluated according to their commitment, enthusiasm, implication and time invested in collective and personal initiatives. Max is very sensitive to the cause of children suffering from various diseases or with special needs. Over the past year he took it upon himself to visit children hospitals or meet children in their home, offering tickets to attend Canadiens games at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens captain firmly believes in a healthy lifestyle and encourages kids to be active and eat well. In an effort to assist the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, Max Pacioretty took part in the Bien bouger, ça s'apprend awareness campaign for the development of physical literacy among children and the implementation of the Champions for Life program. He also hosted the Captain's Golf Tournament which raised $145,000 for the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation and the Max Pacioretty Foundation. The Jean Béliveau Trophy is accompanied by a $25,000 donation which Max Pacioretty will remit to the charity of his choice.
Jacques-Beauchamp-Molson Award: Phillip Danault
Members of the media covering the Montreal Canadiens voted forward Phillip Danault as the 2016-17 recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy. The award is presented annually to the member of the Canadiens who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honor. Danault succeeds forward Paul Byron who earned the award in 2015-16. Danault received the most votes in the race for the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy, earning 124 points in the overall standings ahead of Byron (117 points). In his first full season with the Canadiens, Danault set career-highs in goals (13), assists (27), points (40), differential (+5) and games played (80) since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. The 6'1'', 193-lbs forward collected three game-winning goals and served 35 penalty minutes. The Victoriaville native is tied for fourth on the team in assists (with A. Galchenyuk) and ranks sixth in points.
Molson Cup: Carey Price
Goaltender Carey Price is the Canadiens' Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season. He wins this honor for the seventh time in his career, while Brendan Gallagher earns the honor for the March-April segment. The native of Anahim Lake, British Columbia finished ahead of teammates Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov.
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Price has played 61 games thus far in the 2016-17 season. The 29-year-old netminder posted a 37-19-5 record and added three shutouts. He has maintained a 2.20 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Price ranks tied for fifth among NHL goaltenders in wins (with T. Rask), in save percentage (tied with three others) and in goals-against-average. Earlier this season, he leap-frogged Hall of Famer Ken Dryden for third overall in franchise history for most wins by a goaltender.
Brendan Gallagher earned the Molson Cup for the last segment of the season, finishing ahead of Paul Byron, Price and Andrei Markov. He recorded 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists), including a game-winning goal, in 16 games in March and April.
King Clancy Award Nominee: Carey Price
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. Players from each of all 30 NHL teams selected a team nominee in a secret vote and in what turned out to be a very close vote between Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw, Max Pacioretty and Carey Price, the Canadiens' netminder came out on top as the team nominee for the award to be presented at the 2017 NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, this coming June. A player whose performances on the ice are second to none, Price is known for his leadership qualities among his peers. Away from the rink, Carey is involved with the Breakfast Club of Canada as a national ambassador for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. First awarded in 1988, past recipients of the King Clancy Memorial Award, include former Montreal Canadiens team captain Saku Koivu who was presented with the award back in 2007.
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