NHL AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED THURSDAY NIGHT IN TORONTO
Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier and right wing Martin St. Louis will be in attendance Thursday night at the 2007 NHL Awards Show at the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto at 7:30 p.m., ET (VERSUS). Lecavalier, the winner of the 2007 Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer, is a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson Award, given annually to the most valuable player, as voted by the members of the NHL Players’ Association. Lecavalier set career highs and franchise records in 2006-07 with 52 goals and 108 points in 82 games.
St. Louis, the 2004 Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Art Ross Trophy winner and Lester B. Pearson Award winner, is a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, presented to the player who displays the most sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Past winners of the Lady Byng include Lightning center Brad Richards (2004). St. Louis attained career highs with 43 goals, 59 assists and 102 points in 2006-07.
Following are the finalists for each trophy, in alphabetical order:
CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding rookie): Evgeni Malkin, Penguins; Jordan Staal, Penguins; Paul Stastny, Avalanche.
FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (outstanding defensive forward): Rod Brind'Amour, Hurricanes; Samuel Pahlsson, Ducks; Jay Pandolfo, Devils.
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player to his team): Martin Brodeur, Devils; Sidney Crosby, Penguins; Roberto Luongo, Canucks.
JACK ADAMS AWARD (outstanding coach): Lindy Ruff, Sabres; Michel Therrien, Penguins; Alain Vigneault, Canucks.
JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Chris Pronger, Ducks.
LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings; Joe Sakic, Avalanche; Martin St. Louis, Lightning.
LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD (most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA): Sidney Crosby, Penguins; Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning; Roberto Luongo, Canucks.
VEZINA TROPHY *** (outstanding goaltender): Martin Brodeur, Devils; Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames; Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers; Roberto Luongo, Canucks.
*** tie for third place in balloting; four finalists named