LAS VEGAS - The NHL Awards™ returns to Las Vegas this summer at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It marks the first year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the resort's sports and entertainment venue and the first time Bridgestone will be the presenting sponsor of the event. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Tickets to the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone on June 19 at Mandalay Bay Events Center will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 18 and will be available for purchase by visiting www.nhl.com/awardstickets. This ticket opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
This will be the 11th year of a successful partnership between Las Vegas and the League and the 10th time the NHL will honor the best hockey players in the world and the top performances of the season in Las Vegas. Las Vegas venues that have hosted the NHL Awards include Palms Hotel (2009-2011), Encore at Wynn Las Vegas (2012, 2014), MGM Grand Garden Arena (2015), The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (2016, 2018) and T-Mobile Arena (2017).
"Every year the NHL Awards keeps getting bigger and better and this year will be no exception," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. "We are thrilled to be moving the show to the Mandalay Bay Events Center where we can open up this great event to more NHL fans. The space and scale allows us to make the NHL Awards a grander production and we are super excited to be announcing the move today."
"It's always an honor to host the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, and it's even more exciting now that we're home to one of the League's teams," said Steve Hill, CEO and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). "We know that Las Vegas can put on an awards show like no other destination. As the NHL Awards grows, we're delighted to welcome the League's best and celebrate with a show that just gets better every year."
"Bridgestone believes in celebrating those who perform their best when it matters most - whether that's our tires on the road or the NHL's best players on the ice," said Amber Holm, Vice President of Marketing at Bridgestone Americas. "We're proud to partner with the 2019 NHL Awards to help the league recognize its brightest stars and their clutch performance throughout the regular season and NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs."
The 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone will again honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy); the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the "most outstanding player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.
A full line up of presenters and entertainment will be announced at a future date. In addition, fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.
Finalists for each award will be announced daily, beginning Wednesday, April 17. Following is the schedule of the finalist announcements. Please note that all announcement dates are subject to change.
Wednesday, April 17
Selke Trophy (forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)
Thursday, April 18
Lady Byng Trophy (player best combining sportsmanship and ability)
Friday, April 19
Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)
Saturday, April 20
Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)
Sunday, April 21
Norris Trophy (top defenseman)
Monday, April 22
Mark Messier Leadership Award
Tuesday, April 23
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (Humanitarian Award)
Wednesday, April 24
Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award
Thursday, April 25
Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the players)
Friday, April 26
Jack Adams Award (top head coach)
Saturday, April 27
Calder Trophy (top rookie)
Sunday, April 28
Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team)
The 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season concluded with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League's scoring champion, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his eighth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's goal-scoring leader, and the New York Islanders' tandem of Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss winning their first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders who play at least 25 games for the team allowing the fewest goals.
Also in Las Vegas, the NHL will host the second-annual NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final on Tuesday, June 18. The competition starts at 2 p.m. PT where the top players from each Region will qualify for a chance to walk away with their share of the $100K cash prize pool and the Championship Trophy. The winner will also be featured in the 2019 NHL Awards™ show presented by Bridgestone.
The 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ began play on March 13. After thousands of qualifying matches, a leaderboard determined the top players in each Region to compete in the Online Qualifier phase. The tournament -- currently in the Play-In Bracket stage -- will see the top eight players from each Region advance to their respective Live Regional Final. Those players will then meet for an in-person competition at the studios of the tournaments' broadcast partners -- Viasat studios in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday, May 18; Sportsnet studios in Toronto, Ont., on Saturday, May 25; and NBC studios in Stamford, Conn., on Thursday, May 30. The top player from each Region will automatically advance to the World Final in Las Vegas.
Fans can follow the conversation using social hashtag #NHLGWC, visit NHL.com/Gaming and watch matches on the NHL's Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/nhl).