Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was named the Penguins’ MVP for the 2014-15 season.
Fleury, 30, put together one of the finest regular seasons of his career, going 33-19-9 while posting a NHL-leading (tied) and franchise-record nine shutouts heading into Friday’s final home game of the year against the New York Islanders.
Fleury, who was elected to play in his second NHL All-Star Game earlier this year, became the third-youngest (29 years, 361 days) and third-fastest (547 games) netminder to win 300 games when he picked up his milestone victory with a 3-2 overtime defeat of Boston on Nov. 24.
Twice this season – on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 and then Feb. 4-6 – Fleury recorded back-to-back shutouts. Prior to those instances, he had never accomplished that feat during the regular season. Fleury also established a career-high 165:06-minute shutout sequence in a span of four games from Feb. 1-11.
This is the second time that Fleury has won the Penguins’ team MVP award, with the first time coming in 2010-11.
Fleury was also voted the Players’ Player Award by his teammates, an honor that goes to ‘the player they feel exemplifies leadership for the team both on and off of the ice, and who is dedicated to teamwork’; and he won the A.T. Caggiano Memorial Booster Club Award.
Other award winners that were announced throughout Fan Appreciation Week were:
Michel Briere Memorial Trophy, Rookie of the Year: Derrick Pouliot
Defensive Player of the Year: Kris Letang
Masterton Nominee: Kris Letang
The Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award: Paul Martin