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Hockey stars align with fans from the world of entertainment for 2015 NHL Awards

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, June 24, NHL stars past and present – including members of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks – and hockey fans from the world of entertainment will join host Rob Riggle and musical performer Daughtry for the 2015 NHL Awards, a special salute to the best regular-season players and performances from the 2014-15 season, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The two-hour primetime awards show will broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada. Tickets to the 2015 NHL Awards – which include admission to both the Awards show and the full Daughtry concert immediately following – are available for purchase at any MGM Resorts box office location or online at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Shortly after winning their third Stanley Cup championship in six years, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and goaltender Corey Crawford will make a special appearance.

This year’s scheduled presenters also include former NHL players Daniel Alfredsson, Bill Guerin, Pat LaFontaine, Ted Lindsay, Trevor Linden, Mark Messier and Cam Neely as well as broadcasters Anson Carter, Nick Kypreos, George Stroumboulopoulos and Kathryn Tappen.

Lindsay and Messier will announce the winners of their namesake awards – the Ted Lindsay Award, honoring the most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by members of the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), and the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, which recognizes a player who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members, and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.

Television, movies, music and sports stars Kix Brooks, Colin Hanks, Matthew Modine, Russell Peters, Amy Purdy, Retta, Kevin Smith and Tiësto also will present.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman and James Norris Memorial Trophy finalist P.K. Subban will serve as host of the Samsung NHL Social Lounge backstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, offering fans at home exclusive access to the festivities and real-time trending information on Twitter. And, for the first time, fans will be able to cast their vote via Twitter among three top social media moments from the 2014-15 season. The winning moment will be unveiled during the live broadcast.

Award finalists and winners of the NHL’s regular-season statistic-based awards who are expected to attend include Ryan Getzlaf and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks; Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins; Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Bob Hartley and Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames; Corey Crawford and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks; Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars; Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers; Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings; Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild; Carey Price and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens; Peter Laviolette and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators; John Tavares of the New York Islanders; Henrik Lundqvist, Glen Sather and Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers; Andrew Hammond, Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators; Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins; Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks; Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning; Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals; and Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets.

Ray Chew, musical director for Dancing with the Stars, and house band The Hat Tricks will entertain the audience throughout the show.

EA SPORTS will unveil its Cover Athlete for the upcoming launch of NHL 16.

About the 2015 NHL Awards

The 2015 NHL Awards will honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Memorial Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (James Norris Memorial Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Memorial Trophy), among others.

The 2015 NHL Awards marks the first year the event will be held at the MGM Grand, the seventh year of a successful partnership with Las Vegas and the sixth time the NHL will honor the best hockey players in the world and top performances of the season in the city.

NHL Network and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage of the 2015 NHL Awards festivities. NHL Network’s coverage begins with the NHL Tonight: 2015 NHL Awards Preshow at 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT and concludes with the NHL Tonight: 2015 NHL Awards Recap Show starting at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

NHL Social, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), will lead the LVCVA Social Scavenger Hunt on Monday, June 22, in Las Vegas, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT. For details, follow @NHL on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #NHLScavengerHunt.

On show day, June 24, NHL Social will engage with finalists, presenters, broadcast talent and special guests during red carpet arrivals via Periscope live stream @NHL.

Fans are encouraged to follow the NHL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and use the hashtag #NHLAwards to join the conversation and see all of the exclusive content. For more information, visit NHL.com/awards.

IMG will produce the 2015 NHL Awards, under the helm of executive producer Steve Mayer.

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