Ducks right wing Corey Perry
has won the 2010-11 Hart Memorial Trophy as “the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” during the 2011 NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Perry is the first player from a Southern California team to win the Hart Trophy since Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky earned the honor with Los Angeles in 1989. Perry is also just the third player from a California team to win the Hart, joining Gretzky and San Jose’s Joe Thornton (2006).
Perry's Hart Trophy win was announced at the NHL Awards, held tonight at The Pearl Theater at The Palms Las Vegas. Perry won the award with 1,043 points (67 first-place votes, 47 second-place votes, 8 third-place votes, 1 fourth and 1 fifth.) Vancouver's Daniel Sedin finished second with 960 points (51-56-9-4-1). Perry Interview
“Congratulations to Corey Perry
on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “This is a historic day for the Perry family and the entire Anaheim Ducks organization. Corey deserves this terrific honor following a season that defines what the Hart Trophy is all about.”
Perry, 26 (5/16/85), scored 50-48=98 points with a +9 rating and 104 PIM in 82 games for the Ducks last season, setting career highs in goals, points and shorthanded goals (4). Perry led the NHL in goal scoring with 50, winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer today at the NHL Awards Show. He co-led the NHL with 11 game-winning goals while also leading in third-period tallies (21) and road goals (28). He finished the season ranked third among NHL leaders in scoring and tied for fifth in power play goals (14) and shorthanded goals.
Earlier in the night, Perry was awarded the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for leading the NHL in goals in 2010-11. Perry’s 50 goals were the most by a Ducks player since Teemu Selanne
scored 52 during the 1997-98 season. Perry became the third player in franchise history to reach the 50-goal mark and the first in the Western Conference to score 50-or-more since Calgary’s Jarome Iginla in 2007-08 (50). Perry established numerous franchise records in 2010-11, including game-winning goals, third-period goals, and shorthanded goals. In addition, his 98 points were the most by a Duck since 1997-98 when Selanne scored 47-60=107.
A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Perry was named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March after becoming just the fifth NHL player since January 1997 to score 15 goals in a single month. Perry also co-led the NHL in scoring (21 points) and led in game-winning goals (4) in the season’s final full month. His 15 goals accounted for the highest goal-scoring month by a Ducks player in club history. Perry also received NHL “Star of the Week” honors on four occasions in 2010-11, including First Star of the Week on Apr. 4.After winning the Hart Trophy, Perry was interviewed backstage. The following is a transcript:
Q. Looked like you got choked up there?
PERRY: You didn't know what to expect coming in and all of the sudden you hear your name and it's -- it surprised me and, you know, I have to give credit to my teammates, I got a lot of family and friends here so it's special.
Q. Did you ever see yourself playing at this level when you were younger?
PERRY: You go out and try to do the same things that got you here and try to do the same things day in, day out and see where it takes you. It's kind of -- it's got me to where I want to be and hopefully there is more to come.
Q. Does this motivate you for next season?
PERRY: You always want to build on the year before and I think it's a steady increase and hopefully it keeps increasing. You don't want to take a step backwards, you want to keep moving forward and that's what I'm trying to do.
Q. Any plans for the trophy?
PERRY: No, no plans yet.
Q. Have you thought about the other players who have won this trophy?
PERRY: Well, I mean, I haven't sat down and looked at it, but obviously you do hear, and you do know who is on the list. On that trophy it's a pretty remarkable list. Like I said, it's going to take some time to sink in and we'll move on from there.
Q. Have you ever been to the Hall of Fame?
PERRY: Yep, I've been there a couple of times and you see all these trophies in there and all of the sudden you're holding one of them. It's pretty cool, it's like a dream come true, I guess.
Q. How did you handle the expectation of the award?
PERRY: I mean, you don't come in expecting it. You come in and whatever happens, happens, I guess. You look at the seasons the other two had, and the only guy to break 100 points in the league in scoring, you never know what to expect. You just come in and have fun with it, I guess.
Q. What did you think when you didn’t win the Lindsay Award?
PERRY: That's for the players. They have a vote, so I didn't think about it too much. Sat back, enjoyed the show and had fun.
Q. You've got a lot of family and friends here, how many?
PERRY: There is probably a total of 30, 35 of us. I got close relatives and then my grandma is here and my brother and all our buddies I played with. It's fun to share this with them.
Q. What are your feelings right now?COREY PERRY
: I'm an emotional person and it's like going back when we won the Stanley Cup, I cried after that, you know, it's just personal.
Q. Did you practice your speech?
PERRY: I knew what I wanted to say and what I wanted to get across, and hopefully it came out all right.