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Behind the scenes at NHL Awards blog

by Staff
Final rundown of hardware handed out
06.23.2010 / 9:17 PM PT

Calder: Tyler Myers
Selke: Pavel Datsyuk
Art Ross: Henrik Sedin
Rocket Richard: Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby
Adams: Dave Tippett
Vezina: Ryan Miller
Jennings: Martin Brodeur
Masterton: Jose Theodore
King Clancy: Shane Doan
Lady Byng: Martin St. Louis
Messier Leadership: Sidney Crosby
Norris: Duncan Keith
NHL Foundation Player Award: Ryan Miller
Hart: Henrik Sedin

-- Dan Rosen

Two-time winner Guy Lafleur hands the Hart to...

06.23.2010 / 9:04 PM PT

Henrik Sedin.

This one is a bit of a surprise considering the competition he was up against, but Sedin actually had 894 points while Ovi had 834. It was that close. Crosby was third with 729 points.

Sedin garnered 46 first-place votes on 133 ballots while Ovi had 40 and Crosby had 20. Chances are several of those voters were torn between Sid and Ovi and that pushed Sedin over the top.

Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy with 112 points, including 29 goals and an NHL-best 83 assists. He was a plus-35. He did just about everything for the Canucks. He even had five game-winning goals, which means he scored better than 20 percent of his goals when it mattered the most.

Let the debates range, but Sedin has the hardware and nobody can say he doesn't have the numbers to prove he deserves it.

-- Dan Rosen

J.R. and Eddie O. hand Norris Trophy to...
06.23.2010 / 8:51 PM PT

Duncan Keith.

Keith, with his fake teeth and no more lisp, was without question the League's best overall defensemen this season. Mike Green had great numbers and Drew Doughty was special, but without Keith the Blackhawks simply do not win the Stanley Cup.

Keith was second among D-men in scoring (69 points) and ice time per game (26:35). He kept talking as even the music was playing. He thanked his fiance and saw Ovi sitting next to her.

"Keep your hands off," Keith quipped.

And, he still continued. Boy they really wanted him off the stage, but he had a lot of people to thank. Let the man talk. He has a lot to say, which is rare considering he usually doesn't in front of the media.

Open up, Dunc. 

It is perfect that a pair of former Blackhawks' handed this one to Keith. They were pretty funny, too.

Olcyzk promised that Roenick wouldn't cry and Roenick ripped on Mike Milbury, saying sitting next to him for four hours was the reason he cried after Game 6. Yeah, whatever.

-- Dan Rosen

Messier Leadership Award goes to...
06.23.2010 / 8:46 PM PT

Sidney Crosby.

Crosby, who also shares the Rocket Richard Trophy with Steven Stamkos, wins this one on his own. Messier said he's a big fan of Sid and Sid said when he thinks of leadership he thinks of Mark, but also Steve Yzerman.

Jarome Iginla, Mats Sundin and Chris Chelios are prior winners of the Messier Leadership Award, which was first presented in 2007.

-- Dan Rosen

Kevin Zegers and Leven Rambin (I think) hand Lady Byng to...
06.23.2010 / 8:43 PM PT

Martin St. Louis.

Hey, I got this one right. Pavel Datsyuk has owned this award for four straight seasons, but St. Louis, who has been nominated for five years, finally gets the trophy and then cracks a good joke.

"I owe this to Brad (Richards) because he told me that Christmas cards to the referees actually work."

Richards won the Trophy in 2004 while he was St. Louis' teammate in Tampa. He was the last player not named Pavel to win the award until St. Louis grabbed it this year.

St. Louis had 94 points and only 12 PIMs while playing in all 82 games.

-- Dan Rosen

Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer presents King Clancy to Shane Doan
06.23.2010 / 8:36 PM PT

Doan accepts the King Clancy Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.

The award is presented by the U.S. Army, and several soldiers marched on stage to hand Doan his trophy. A humbling moment no doubt for Doan, who captained the Coyotes through their turbulent season and did a masterful job at it.

Doan called it "an honor to receive this award, but to be up here with these people, obviously it brings us all to our feet when you guys come in the room so thank you for all you guys do for us."

He said the reason he won the award is because his teammates were so good this year and Tippett was such a fine coach.

They don't get any classier than Doan, who told any free agents out there to come to Phoenix because "we're going to be there for another year."

-- Dan Rosen

Michael Rosenbaum hands Masterton Trophy to...

06.23.2010 / 8:29 PM PT

Jose Theodore.

This one has to be bittersweet for Theodore, who lost his son, Chase, in August. He was only two months old.

"Oh, this one is going to be tough," Jose started.

He said he was 'very touched and moved by this award."

His son, Chase, was born on June 22 last year. Instead of celebrating his first birthday, he was celebrating an award he never wanted to win. Jose cried as he thanked his teammates, the ownership, all the Caps fans and his family. His daughter is actually celebrating her birthday today.

Give Jose a lot of credit for getting through that speech. That could not have been easy.

By the way, Rosenbaum plays Lex Luthor on the WB show Smallville in case you didn't know. I had to look it up.

-- Dan Rosen

Jamie Kennedy and D.B. Sweeney hand Vezina to...
06.23.2010 / 8:15 PM PT

Ryan Miller.

He didn't finish second this time.

Miller had a Hasek-esque season for the Sabres and deserved to win it over 4-time winner Martin Brodeur and fellow nominee Ilya Bryzgalov. That's two Sabres taking home some hardware tonight.

-- Dan Rosen

Mad Men's John Slattery hands Adams Award to...
06.23.2010 / 8:09 PM PT

Dave Tippett.

This one was not at all a surprise. Tippett guided the Coyotes to the postseason for the first time since 2002. The Coyotes set a club record for wins and yielded the fewest goals in the Western Conference.

Most importantly, Tip was able to make all the players forget about the off-ice distractions and focus on hockey. It worked. He was the perfect man for the job and he did about as perfect a job as one could do.

And, just think, if Don Maloney didn't go to Tip's house in Minnesota late in the summer to convince him that the job was good and he should take it, who knows what would have happened.

"We turned our adversity into a motivating factor," Tip said.

-- Dan Rosen

Getzlaf, Ryan and a special guest put on quite a show
06.23.2010 / 8:05 PM PT

If you didn't catch it, hopefully you can on YouTube or maybe we'll get lucky and post the video on, because you have to see the little taped segment between Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. Sccott Niedermayer's appearance at the end was classic.

Getzlaf called Ryan "silver" throughout the whole show. He's putting that gold medal to good use.

-- Dan Rosen

Ron Maclean and Ted Lindsay hand the Lindsay Award to...
06.23.2010 / 7:59 PM PT

Alex Ovechkin.

Could this be a prelude to the Hart Trophy? Ovi has won this award three straight years now. He won the Hart the last two years and he is up for it again tonight.

Maclean, wearing the shiniest tux I have seen on TV, opened the envelope and Lindsay announced Ovi as the winner.

This one used to be the Lester B. Pearson Award, but it's aptly named now in favor of Ted Lindsay. It goes to the player voted most outstanding in the NHL and it's voted on by the players. This award is a big deal to the players because their peers are the ones that vote for it.

Ovi said "it was a tough night last night." I think he would retire to Vegas if he could. He gave kudos to his late brother, which was really nice. But, just as he was supposed to leave the stage, well, he wouldn't do it.

They introduced Reese Waters, the host of the Daily Line on Versus, but Ovi wouldn't go away. He never does. He's everywhere and you can't get rid of him. He's persistent.

Was it awkward? Yes. Was it hilarious? Yes.

-- Dan Rosen

Robitaille gives Selke to...
06.23.2010 / 7:45 PM PT

Pavel Datsyuk, and it's the fourth straight time the Red Wings superstar has won the award. It's the fifth time in the last seven seasons that the Selke Trophy has gone to a Red Wing since Kris Draper won it in 2004.

Gotta love Datsyuk for thanking management for paying him and adding, "I wish it to never stop."

Perfect speech by Datsyuk. Quick and to the point, funny, too.

He finished the season leading the NHL in takeaways with 132. Fellow nominee Ryan Kesler was second with 83. That tells you enough about Datsyuk right there.

-- Dan Rosen

Walhberg gives Calder to...
06.23.2010 / 7:45 PM PT

Tie Domi...


After the bad joke he said Tyler Myers, but you couldn't really hear it on TV.

Myers, though, is the Calder Trophy winner. I had Jimmy Howard, but this isn't a surprise. As a 20-year-old he had 48 points and was a plus-13. He also led the Sabres in ice time per game (23:44) by more than three minutes over Henrik Tallinder.

He's the third Sabre to win the award and the first since Tom Barasso, who won it in 1984. Gilbert Perreault also won it in 1971.

-- Dan Rosen

Mohr kills in opening remarks
06.23.2010 / 7:40 PM PT

Host Jay Mohr opens the show by telling all the hockey players not to waste their money on kino, but he makes a bad joke about the Coyotes. Not sure how well that one is going to go over.

He comes right back by saying "it's great to have the oldest and most revered trophy here in Vegas...Wayne Newton."

Arguably his best line of the opening, "Laugh it up Bruins fans, we all laughed at you in the playoffs." Look out for the big Bruin to come and get him, and I'm talking about Cam Neely.

Mohr called out Duncan Keith, saying, "The guy loses seven teeth and they put him in the balcony. They really love you, Dunc. He's the only guy here sitting in a dentist's chair."

Mark Wahlberg coming out to present the Calder Trophy.

-- Dan Rosen

The show has started
06.23.2010 / 7:30 PM PT

Snoop Dog kicks off the Awards Show wearing his awesome jersey. The old school NHL logo with numbers representing Roy, Gretzky, Lemieux, Crosby, Howe and Ovi. Of course, a big 99 on the back with "Snoop the Great One" stitched on top. Travis Barker banging away on the drums behind him.

Versus is doing a great job mixing in highlights from the season, too. Some massive hits, great saves, etc. I can't get enough of that goal by Marian Hossa when he grabbed te puck out of the air, dropped it and batted it in before it hit the ice.

-- Dan Rosen

Ovi's flip cam dies, has some interesting stuff on it
06.23.2010 / 6:54 PM PT

Alex Ovechkin was being filmed and filming everyone else with his flip cam as he walked the red carpet. The problem is his flip cam was dying and he had to turn it off and pack it away.

However, before he turned the camera off he said he managed to film a lot of "beautiful ladies." And, of course, he smiled as he said that.

If it's one thing Ovi knows it's how to be Hollywood. He's perfect for a red carpet.

-- Dan Rosen

Jerry Bruckheimer looking for a hockey movie
06.23.2010 / 6:38 PM PT

Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer said when a good idea comes his way he will make a hockey movie, but the right idea hasn't come his way. Hockey is his favorite sport.

-- Dan Rosen

Hawks look different now
06.23.2010 / 6:28 PM PT

Patrick Kane shaved the mullet and got rid of the lines in his hair. Jonathan Toews no longer has the chops he made famous in the playoffs. And, Duncan Keith has some fresh teeth filling the gap that was in the middle of his mouth after he took a puck to the face in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

Yes, these Hawks are looking different. They've cleaned up and been to the dentist.

They also have a special guest with them. Its name is Stanley.

-- Dan Rosen

Palms owner George Maloof plays it even
06.23.2010 / 6:22 PM PT

The host of tonight's Awards show, Palms owner George Maloof, tells Carrie Millbank that he doesn't have a favorite team, but he's a fan. 

Pavel Datsyuk said he wishes that one day they call the Lady Byng Trophy the Lady Datsyuk Trophy since he's won it four straight times and he's up for it again this year.

In full disclosure, Datsyuk was set up for that one by Alyonka Larionov, one of the red carpet hosts, but if you know Pavel you know that is something he would say.

You may not always understand him, but Datsyuk is one of the funniest players in the NHL. He once told me that he tried to get into an English class when he was still living in Russia, but it was full and he ended up in a French class so if he ever plays in Montreal, he's set.

Except, he doesn't quite remember much of what he learned.

-- Dan Rosen

Stamkos a blackjack man, but only in Canada
06.23.2010 / 6:11 PM PT

The NHL Awards Red Carpet special has started and it can be seen right now on Host Carrie Millbank just asked Richard Trophy co-winner Steven Stamkos what kind of gambling man he is, but, of course, Stamkos is only 20 years old so Vegas isn't exactly for him right now.

Stamkos did say when he's home in Canada, "where it's legal," he likes to play blackjack.

Imagine being a professional athlete in Vegas, but you're under 21 years old. There's really not much you can do if the pit bosses, bouncers, etc. recognize you and know your age.

Something tells me Stamkos didn't make a day trip out to the Hoover Dam, though.

-- Dan Rosen

Watching, blogging and tweeting with you
06.23.2010 / 4:14 PM PT

The red carpet rolling up to the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas will be glistening this afternoon as the NHL and Hollywood meld together leading up to the 2010 NHL Awards Show.

To take a queue from E!, I wonder who Sidney Crosby will be wearing?

OK, I really don't -- could care less in fact. As long as he's got clothes on, I'm cool with it. However, I am interested in seeing which stars of our game will take home some of the insanely cool hardware tonight. The debates have been raging for a few months now.

Like most of you, I'll be watching from my home theater (television), but I'll be live blogging the entire thing, starting with the the Red Carpet show, which can be seen exclusively on at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Awards Show will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS in the U.S. and at 8:30 p.m. on CBC in Canada (9 p.m. in Newfoundland).

Just to get the ball rolling here, my picks for tonight's winners are:

Hart -- Alex Ovechkin
Vezina -- Ryan Miller
Calder -- Jimmy Howard
Norris -- Duncan Keith
Adams -- Dave Tippett
Selke -- Pavel Datsyuk
Lady Byng -- Martin St. Louis
Masterton -- Jose Theodore
Foundation Player -- Ryan Miller
Messier Leadership -- Shane Doan
Lindsay -- Sidney Crosby

Come back and keep up with me starting at 6:30 p.m. ET as we go through the gala evening together. You can also follow me on Twitter at @drosennhl. I'll be toggling back and forth with some insight, analysis, quips, etc.

-- Dan Rosen
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