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Penguins Players Honored At Annual Team Awards Ceremony

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins held their annual team awards ceremony before Saturday’s game with the Atlanta Thrashers. Here is a description of each award:

Baz Bastien Memorial “Good Guy” Award – Sidney Crosby & Marc-Andre Fleury

Presented by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the player who the local media of the PHWA want to acknowledge for his cooperation throughout the year.  The award is presented in memory of the late Aldege “Baz” Bastien, Penguins general manager from 1976-83.  Sponsored by UPMC Sports Medicine. 

NHL Masterton Nominee “Comeback Player” Award – Bill Guerin

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association votes for the Penguins’ Masterton nominee.  Each NHL team selects a Masterton candidate from which the overall winner is chosen. The Masterton candidate is nominated as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.  Sponsored by Trib Total Media.

A.T. Caggiano Memorial Booster Club Cup – Sidney Crosby
Presented in memory of A.T. Caggiano, long-time Penguins’ locker room attendant & Booster Club supporter, the award is presented by Penguins Booster Club members, who vote for the three stars after every home game and tally votes at the end of the regular season.

Edward J. DeBartolo “Community Service” Award – Sidney Crosby
The award recognizes the player who has donated a tremendous amount of time and effort during the season working on community and charity projects.  Sponsored by Verizon Wireless.

Defensive Player of the Year – Brooks Orpik
This award honors the defensive skills of an individual player on the team.  Presented by Consol Energy Inc.

Player’s Player Award – Jordan Staal
The players hold a vote at the end of the season for the player they feel exemplifies leadership for the team, both on and off the ice, a player dedicated to teamwork.  Sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Most Valuable Player Award – Sidney Crosby
Based on the overall contribution the player makes to the team.  Sponsored by BNY Mellon.
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