The Calgary Flames announce today that Elias Lindholm is the inaugural winner of the Harley N. Hotchkiss Award for the 2020-21 season. The Harley N. Hotchkiss Award is presented to the player selected as the team's most valuable player.
In his third season with the Flames, Lindholm finished second in team scoring behind only linemate Johnny Gaudreau with 47 points form 19 goals and 28 assists. His 19 goals tied him for the team lead with Gaudreau. Playing in all 56 games, he was second to defenceman Chris Tanev with a plus 10.
Lindholm's most distinguishable value to his team is exemplified by his use in every situation. His TOI/GP was the most among all Flames forwards at 19:54. He played more on the penalty kill than any other forward at 132:10 total minutes with the next closest forward playing 100 minutes (Joakim Nordstrom). At even strength, his 1114:12 led all forwards, with second-place Johnny Gaudreau playing 1031:09. In addition, 13 of his 19 goals came at even-strength with a total of 30 even-strength points.
"I'm humbled by this selection," said Lindholm. "Our team is made up of many great players and I've been put in a position of playing with so much talent around me. Since I was notified of winning this award, I've come to learn that the true MVP of the Flames was Mr. Hotchkiss. Thank you to the Flames ownership group for the support they provide us to be successful and thank you to the Hotchkiss family."
Mr. Hotchkiss was one of the original owners and community leaders who brought the Flames to Calgary in 1980. Harley's passion and commitment to hockey's growth have benefited all individuals involved with our great game and he was deservingly recognized with his election to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006. He is remembered as a friend and mentor to the entire hockey fraternity. Harley passed away in June 2011.
The recipient of the Harley N. Hotchkiss Award receives a limited-edition bronze sculpted by Cremona, AB artist Diane Anderson.