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2019 NHL Fan Choice Awards voting opens

Balloting begins for best photos, videos, GIFs shared by teams, players on social media

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - As a result of the overwhelming success of last year's first-ever NHL Fan Choice Awards™, the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that voting is open for the 2019 NHL Fan Choice Awards™, which has expanded from ten categories to 20 this year. The NHL Fan Choice Awards™ gives fans the opportunity to engage with and vote on the best photos, videos and GIFs shared by teams and players during the 2018-19 NHL season on social media. More than 65 NHL players, all 31 NHL teams, and the newest expansion NHL Seattle franchise, are featured in videos and graphics across the 20 categories.

"We're thrilled to give our fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite posts across NHL social media during the 2018-19 NHL regular season," said Heidi Browning, NHL EVP & Chief Marketing Officer. "The 2019 Fan Choice Awards celebrate our players personalities and provide an inside look at their lives, both on and off the ice. Hockey fans are passionate about their favorite teams and players and the Fan Choice Awards allows us to engage them in new and exciting ways."

Fans can vote across all 20 categories through Saturday, June 15, at and share their selections across their social platforms with the official hashtag #NHLFanChoice. Fans can also go to to watch a teaser video of the 2019 NHL Fan Choice Awards.

The winners of the 20 categories will be announced on Wednesday, June 19, at and celebrated in social media posts across NHL social media platforms.

1) GIF of the Year
Artemi Panarin
Calgary Flames
Brady Tkachuk
MacKenzie Blackwood

2) Top Team Video
Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin re-signs
Buffalo Sabres: Casey Mittelstadt in Home Alone
New Jersey Devils: 80s Night
Anaheim Ducks: Mighty Ducks Movie Tribute Night

3) Best Bromance
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn
Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau
Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider
Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat

4) Best Dressed
Henrik Lundqvist
P.K. Subban
Evander Kane
Matt Dumba

5) Best Goalie Mask
Robin Lehner 
Anton Khudobin
Antti Raanta
Ryan Miller

6) Best Hockey Smile
Jason Demers
Jeff Carter 
Alex Ovechkin
Dustin Byfuglien

7) Best Dog
Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Kelly, Nicky & Macy
Artemi Panarin: Mr. Riziy
Jaccob Slavin: Simba & Lola
Alex DeBrincat: Ralph

8) Best Feel-Good Moment
Louis Domingue's Hockey Fights Cancer™ mask
Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon skate with the Kenya Ice Lions
Pittsburgh Penguins use social to find a kidney donor
Carey Price consoles a boy whose mother died of cancer

9) Best #HockeyTwitter Moment
Gritty breaks the internet
John Tavares signs with Toronto
Seattle gets a team
The Summer of Ovi

10) Best Halloween Costume
Ben Bishop
Brock Boeser and Ben Hutton
Blake Coleman
Marcus Foligno

11) Best Mascot

12) Best Beard
Brent Burns
Ryan Ellis
Aaron Ekblad
Luke Witkowski

13) Best Celly
Rasmus Ristolainen
Dylan Larkin
The Surge
Brad Marchand  

14) Best Follow
P.K. Subban
Erik Karlsson
Matt Duchene
Brad Marchand

15) Best Team Dog

16) Goal of the Year
Sidney Crosby
Mikael Backlund
Aleksander Barkov
Connor McDavid

17) Save of the Year
Carey Price
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Marc-Andre Fleury
Mikko Koskinen

18) Best Handshake 
P.K. Subban and Ryan Johansen
Alex Pietrangelo and Jaden Schwartz
Adam Lowry and Patrik Laine 
Keith Yandle and Jonathan Huberdeau

19) Best Fan Video
Caps fan banner raising
Predators promposal
How Swede it is to be deked by you

20) Top Hidden Talent
Samuel Girard
Matthew Peca
Ryan Reaves
Aaron Dell

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