The Philadelphia Flyers presented their 2014-15 end-of-season awards this afternoon before the start of their season finale vs. the Ottawa Senators at the Wells Fargo Center.
Bobby Clarke Trophy (Most Valuable Player) – Jake Voracek
Jake Voracek won his second Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team’s most valuable player, as voted by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters. Voracek enters today’s games in fourth place in the NHL in scoring. He is three points behind John Tavares and Sidney Crosby, who share the league lead in scoring, and one point behind Jamie Benn. Voracek has reached the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and is one goal short of his career high of 23 goals set last year. Voracek established a new career high for points in a season on Feb. 22 when he eclipsed his high of 62 also set one year ago. Voracek previously won the award following the 2012-13 season.
Barry Ashbee Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman) – Mark Streit
Mark Streit received the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s outstanding defenseman, as voted by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters. It’s the first Barry Ashbee Award for Streit, who becomes the 21st different Flyer to be honored with the award. Streit recorded nine goals and 43 assists for 52 points, which ranks him T-8 among NHL defensemen in points and T-4 in assists heading into the final day of the season. Streit became the first Flyers blueliner since Chris Pronger in 2009-10 to eclipse the 50-point mark for a season. He also led the Flyers in average time on ice per game this season at 22:21, and scored four of his nine goals on the power play.
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy (Most Improved Player) – Chris VandeVelde
Chris VandeVelde was selected by his teammates as the Flyers’ most improved player from the previous season. VandeVelde is slated to play his 72nd game of the season for the Flyers today, and comes in with nine goals and six assists for 15 points. Prior to this year, VandeVelde had appeared in just 46 career games over four NHL seasons and had only recorded four points (1G, 3A). VandeVelde recorded six goals and an assist over a 10-game stretch from January 12 to February 5, including a three-game goal-scoring streak. He also tied a career high with five shots on goal Feb. 15 in Buffalo.
Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award – Mark Streit
The Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) selected Mark Streit as this year’s recipient of the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to the Flyer who best illustrates character, dignity and respect for the sport both on and off the ice. 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.
Gene Hart Memorial Award – Jake Voracek
The Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club selected Jake Voracek as the winner of the Gene Hart Memorial Award. This award is given to the player who demonstrated the most “Heart” during the season as voted on by members of the Fan Club at their monthly meetings. The award honors the memory of longtime Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart. For 28 years, 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 Voracek were Flyers Fan Club members Theresa Carney and Laura Encarnado, along with Gene’s daughter Lauren Hart, the Flyers’ acclaimed national anthem singer. The Flyers Fan Club will also donate $2,000 to the charity of Voracek’s choice.
Toyota Cup – Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux has won his fourth consecutive 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. Giroux was named first star five times this year, second star eight times, and third star once for a total of 50 points. Presenting Giroux with the award was Tri-State Toyota Dealers representative Jason Walsh and this year’s Toyota Fan of the Year Winner, Jackie Castaldi. Toyota will make a $5,000 donation on Giroux’s behalf to a charity of his choosing.
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