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Flyers Hand Out Annual Team Awards

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

In a ceremony prior to Tuesday night's Flyers-Florida Panthers game at the Wachovia Center, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the winners of the team’s 2008-09 awards: the Bobby Clarke Trophy for most valuable player; the Barry Ashbee Trophy for most outstanding defenseman; the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy for most improved player from the previous season; the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for best rapport with the media; the Gene Hart Memorial Award for the player who plays with the most “heart” as adjudged by the Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club; and the Toyota Cup, based on “Star of the Game” selections.


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Center Mike Richards has won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team’s most valuable player, as selected by a panel of sportscasters and sportswriters. Richards leads the Flyers in assists (48), shorthanded goals (7 – 1st in NHL), power-play points (32) and plus/minus (+24), and ranks second in points (78). He leads all forwards in average time on ice (21:48). It is the second consecutive year and second time overall Richards has won the award, which was presented by club general manager Paul Holmgren.

Kimmo Timonen is the winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s most outstanding defenseman, as voted by a panel of sportscasters and sportswriters. Timonen leads all Flyers defensemen with 42 points, 39 assists, and blocked shots (159). He is second on the team in average time on ice (24:31). It is the second consecutive year and second time overall Timonen has won the award, which was presented by Danny Ashbee, Barry’s son.

Forward Darroll Powe has won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates. Powe, a rookie, has six goals and five assists for 11 points and 31 penalty minutes in 56 games this season. In his first full year as a professional in 2007-08, Powe had nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points and 133 penalty minutes in 76 games for the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Club general manager Paul Holmgren presented the award.

The Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (P.H.W.A.) announced that it has selected Danny Briere as this season’s Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award winner. This award is presented annually to the Flyer who best exemplifies a strong rapport with the media. The award honors the memory of Yanick Dupre, who died on August 16, 1997 at the age of 24 after a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre played parts of three seasons with the Flyers (1991-92, 1994-95 and 1995-96), recording two goals and 16 penalty minutes in 35 games. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (50th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Presenting the award to Briere was Anthony SanFilippo of the Delaware County Daily Times.

The Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club selected Scott Hartnell as the winner of the Gene Hart Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to the Flyer who plays with the most “heart,” as voted by Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club Board of Directors.

The award honors the memory of longtime Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart. For 28 years, Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart called the organization’s most thrilling moments, and in the process, helped spawn generations of devoted fans. Hart’s contributions to the sport were recognized with his induction into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. Presenting the award to Hartnell were Flyers Fan Club members Joe Fisher and Jen Ebling, along with a $1,500 check to a charity of Hartnell’s choosing.

Center Jeff Carter has won this season’s Toyota Cup as the Flyer who accumulated the most points associated with being selected as a “Star of the Game.” Five points were awarded for being selected First Star, three points were awarded for a Second Star performance and one point was awarded for a Third Star selection. Carter was named First Star 10 times, Second Star six times and Third Star five times for 73 points.

Presenting Carter with the award was Paul Muller, representing the Tri-State Toyota Dealers. In addition, the Tri-State Toyota Dealers will make a $5,000 donation to the Flyers Wives Charities in Carter’s name.

Carter leads the Flyers in points (80), goals (44), game-winning goals (11, first in the NHL), overtime goals (3) and shots (331). His 44 goals are tied for second in the NHL.
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