After months and months of hard work, it's time for the stars of the National Hockey League to kick back, relax and enjoy some time in Las Vegas.
The League's annual awards show will take place in Las Vegas for the first time, and it's promising to be a grand event. The show can be seen Thursday on Versus in the U.S. starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, and at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBC.
Players, coaches, presenters and special guests will arrive on the red carpet at the Palms Hotel beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET. NHL.com will provide streaming coverage of the red carpet arrivals.
center Evgeni Malkin
might need his own plane to fly home with the amount of hardware he could be leaving with. In addition to winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last week, he's up for two awards -- the Hart Trophy as League MVP and Lester B. Pearson Award as the League's most outstanding player as voted on by the players.
Malkin joins Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk
and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin as finalists for both awards.
Datsyuk also is in line for some heavy-duty awards. In addition to the Hart and Pearson, he's a finalist for the Lady Byng and Selke trophies.
Datsyuk will go against New Jersey's Zach Parise
and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis
in a quest for his third-straight award for being the League's most gentlemanly player.
The Detroit center is competing against Vancouver's Ryan Kesler
and Philadelphia captain Richards for his second straight Selke, awarded to the best defensive forward.
Datsyuk's teammate, Nicklas Lidstrom
, is one of the finalists for the Norris Trophy. A win would give the Red Wings blueliner his seventh overall and fourth straight nod as the League's best defenseman. It also would tie him with Hall of Famer Doug Harvey
for second-most Norris trophies. Standing in his way are Boston's Zdeno Chara
and Washington's Mike Green
Columbus' Steve Mason
is going for a daily double, as the Blue Jackets rookie goalie is a finalist for the Vezina and Calder trophies. Joining Mason as a finalist for the top goaltender award are Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom
and Boston's Tim Thomas
. Chicago's Kris Versteeg
and Anaheim's Bobby Ryan
are Mason's competition for the top rookie trophy.
First-year San Jose coach Todd McLellan
, Boston's Claude Julien
and St. Louis' Andy Murray are finalists for the Jack Adams
Award as coach of the year.
The Bill Masterton
Award, given to the player who best exemplifies dedication to the game, will be given to Detroit's Chris Chelios
, Nashville's Steve Sullivan
or Florida's Richard Zednik
Los Angeles' Dustin Brown
, Montreal's Alexei Kovalev
and Columbus' Rick Nash
are finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award, in recognition of their commitment and service to charities in their communities. The winning player will receive $25,000 from the NHL Foundation to present to the charity of their choice.
Chara, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby
and Calgary's Jarome Iginla
are the finalists for the Mark Messier
For the first time, the NHL will have a fan-driven award, the Scotiabank NHL FAN FAV award. Among the 10 finalists for the honor are Iginla, Mason, Crosby, Luongo, Green and Ovechkin. Also up for the award are Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff
, Carolina's Eric Staal
, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur
and San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov
Multi-platinum recording artists Robin Thicke and Grammy-winner Chaka Khan will perform during the show, and Canadian band Arkells will play a set at the NHL Awards Party following the show. On hand to present awards will be celebrity hockey fans like rap star Snoop Dogg, singer Michael Buble, and actors William Fichtner and Lauren Holly.
Other past and present NHL stars scheduled to participate include Tony Esposito
, Sergei Fedorov
, Mike Bossy
, Doug Gilmour
, Brian Leetch
and Mark Messier
. Former NHL coach Pat Burns, a three-time Jack Adams
Award winner, also will be on hand.
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