NEW YORK – Current and former NHL stars, including members of the 2014 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings, headline the lineup of presenters, nominees and special guests for the 2014 NHL Awards™, the National Hockey League's celebration of the best of the 2013-14 season, on and off the ice. Hosted by renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the 2014 NHL Awards will broadcast live from the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC in Canada.
Current and former NHLers P.K. Subban, Chris Pronger, Rich Peverley, Danny DeKeyser, Michael Peca and Luc Robitaille will present alongside notable hockey fans David Boreanaz ("Bones"), Cuba Gooding Jr. ("The Butler"), Retta ("Parks and Recreation"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") and David Walton ("About a Boy"). Longtime hockey fans Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties"), Susan Sarandon ("Tammy"), James Lipton ("Insider the Actor's Studio"), Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") and Whoopi Goldberg ("The View") also will be featured during the broadcast in pre-taped segments.
On the heels of winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, members of the Kings, including forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, will make a special appearance with the iconic trophy.
Also scheduled to present are NBC's Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, who will announce the winner of the EA SPORTS' NHL 15 Cover Vote, with a special appearance by the hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez, who perform their show "PRiSM" nightly at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Hockey legends Ted Lindsay and Mark Messier also will take to the stage to announce the winner of their namesake awards – the Ted Lindsay Award, honoring the most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by members of the 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.
Award nominees include Ryan Getzlaf and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks; Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins; Manny Malhotra of the Carolina Hurricanes; Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks; Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan O'Reilly, Patrick Roy and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche; Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings; Brown, Kopitar, Dean Lombardi and Jonathan Quick of the Kings; Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens; Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators; Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils; Dominic Moore and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers; Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers; Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks; Ben Bishop, Jon Cooper, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning;
In addition, the broadcast will recognize Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference, this year's recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership on and off the ice and his noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, winner of the Art Ross Trophy as the regular-season scoring champion; and Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, who will receive his fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader.
The broadcast also will feature a special performance from platinum recording artist Phillip Phillips. The award-winning DJ Steve Porter, known for his sports remixes, will entertain the audience throughout the show.
NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 NHL Awards festivities. NHL.com will simulcast NHL Network's exclusive live coverage of the 2014 NHL Awards Red Carpet Show, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, Barry Melrose, Heidi Androl and Kevin Weekes from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET, followed by the 2014 NHL Awards Recap Show starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.
NHL Social™, in conjunction with Twitter, will have two Twitter Mirrors on site to engage with the nominees, presenters, broadcast talent and guests and give fans a sneak peek and real-time exclusive access to the red carpet and backstage at the Encore Theater. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #NHLAwards and follow @NHL to join the conversation.
IMG Productions, a division of the global sports, fashion and media company IMG, will produce the 2014 NHL Awards™, under the helm of executive producer Steve Mayer.
For more information, visit www.nhl.com/awards.