The NHL Awards have come and gone, but the most prestigious awards in hockey continue on: #IslesAwards.
Thomas Hickey won Hit of the Year and John Tavares won Goal of the Year. Now it's time to see who won Save of the Year!
BERUBE WINS SAVE OF THE YEAR
WINNER: JF Berube vs. Ottawa Senators
Congratulations to JF Berube on winning Save of the Year!
So you’re a rookie goalie and want to make an impression on everyone. Two unbelievable saves should do the trick. In only his fourth NHL start, JF Berube came up large, first stopping Jean-Grabriel Pageau on a crafty redirect. That’s just the appetizer. Mark Stone finds the loose puck and chips it on net, but Berube just comes straight out of left field with a diving stop, whacking the puck out of the air. Atta boy, Berubs!
TAVARES WINS GOAL OF THE YEAR
WINNER: John Tavares vs. Florida Panthers, Game 6
Congratulations to John Tavares who wins Goal of the Year by a landslide!
No real surprise here. This was the biggest goal of the year and arguably of the last 23 years.
Let’s re-live it. Tavares collects his own rebound, circles the net and beats Roberto Luongo with a wraparound. Somehow, Tavares had the legs to power around the net, despite playing nearly 35 minutes that night. That’s why he’s John Tavares.
HICKEY WINS HIT OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Thomas Hickey vs. Jonathan Drouin
Congratulations to Thomas Hickey for winning the Isles Award for Hit of the Year!
Thomas Hickey (6'0, 189 lbs.) may not light up the bigger guys in the league, but put him against someone his own size - say Jonathan Drouin (5'11, 188 lbs.) - and the guy is a wrecking ball. Drouin comes across the blue line with his head down and Hickey makes him pay, absolutely rocking him in Game 3. Wow. Talk about going for a ride. Welcome aboard Air Hickey, Jonathan.