NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®) has announced a new, multi-year partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) that will see the NHL Awards® return to Las Vegas for the next three years. As part of the extended partnership, which first began in 2009, the NHL will stage numerous new events throughout the destination in conjunction with the League's annual post-season awards show. The world-famous Wynn Las Vegas luxury hotel and casino resort will host the 2012 NHL® Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at the Encore Theater.
As the NHL's biggest stars, Hollywood celebrities, and hockey fans from around the world descend on Las Vegas this June to celebrate hockey and the season's top performances, it will mark the fourth straight year that the NHL has feted the best hockey players in the world in Las Vegas and its first-ever event at Wynn Las Vegas, currently home to the award-winning show "Le Rêve – The Dream" and country music superstar Garth Brooks' sold-out concert series.
The 2012 NHL Awards will 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), will also be awarded.
In the coming months, the League, the LVCVA and Wynn Las Vegas will announce details on an expanded and exciting new awards program for 2012, along with a number of local events designed for fans and visitors alike.
Televised live in the United States and Canada, the 2012 NHL Awards will showcase hockey and Hollywood's biggest stars with the excitement and energy that only Las Vegas can provide.
"Las Vegas knows energy, entertainment and star power -- elements that our players display every night," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The city, the Wynn and the Encore Theater will provide a spectacular setting for our end-of-season festivities over the next three years."
"Las Vegas is excited to welcome the NHL Awards back to the destination," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the LVCVA. "We have enjoyed a great partnership, and we look forward to providing another great experience for the League, the players and of course the fans."
"We are pleased to be the host resort for the 2012 NHL Awards at Wynn Las Vegas and look forward to partnering with the league and the LVCVA to bring one of hockey's most exciting nights to Las Vegas," said Marilyn Spiegel, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. "We look forward to welcoming the NHL's biggest names to Wynn Las Vegas and celebrating the best in professional hockey."
Nominees for each Award, along with a full line up of celebrity guests, presenters and entertainment, as well as information on tickets and official 2012 NHL Awards travel packages, will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit www.nhl.com/awards.