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Mike York Nominated for Calder Trophy

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
The National Hockey League announced today the three finalists for each of seven annual awards - the Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Jack Adams Award.

The winners will be announced Thursday, June 15 at the 17th Annual NHL Awards Television Special, “A Celebration of Excellence,” at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Awards show will be broadcast nationally in Canada on CBC and in the United States on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EDT.

Voting for the awards is conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association votes for the Hart Memorial Trophy, the James Norris Trophy, the Frank J. Selke Trophy, the Calder Memorial Trophy and the Lady Byng Trophy. Voting for the Jack Adams Award is conducted by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, while the Vezina Trophy is voted upon by NHL General Managers.

The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League", as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

SCOTT GOMEZ - Center, New Jersey Devils
Third Devils player to be named a Calder finalist since 1994, joining Martin Brodeur, Patrik Elias. Led all rookies in points (70), assists (51), power-play points (27) and shots (204).

New Jersey’s second choice, 27th overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft

BRAD STUART - Defense, San Jose Sharks
First-ever Sharks player named a Calder finalist. Led all rookie defensemen in scoring with 36 points (10-26-36), finished seventh among all rookies.

San Jose’s first choice, third overall, in 1998 Entry Draft

MICHAEL YORK - Center, New York Rangers
First Rangers finalist for Calder Trophy since Tony Amonte finished third in 1992. Led all rookies in goal-scoring with 26, finished third in points with 50.

NY Rangers’ seventh choice, 136th overall, in 1997 Entry Draft

Tied for third on the team and placed third among NHL rookies with 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists) in 82 matches … Ranked first on the club and led all NHL rookies with 26 goals, becoming the first Rangers rookie to lead all NHL rookies in goals since Tony Amonte netted 35 goals during the 1991-92 campaign … Tied for fourth on the club and placed sixth among NHL rookies with 24 assists … Ranked first among league rookies and tied for first on the team with four game-winning tallies … Placed second among NHL rookies and fifth on the club with 177 shots on goal … Ranked first on the team with 18 even strength goals … Tied for first among NHL rookies and placed second on the club with eight power play tallies … Tallied 38 of his 50 points (18 goals, 20 assists) at even strength, ranking third on the team … Placed fourth among NHL rookies and ranked fifth on the club with 12 power play points (eight goals, four assists) … Tied for first among league rookies and led the team with two game-tying goals … Ranked fourth among league rookies with a 14.7 shooting percentage … Led all NHL rookies and ranked third on the team with 1131 total face-offs … Placed first among league rookies and third on the club with 544 face-off wins … Is one of only two Rangers to appear in all 82 games this season (Sylvain Lefebvre) … Was selected as the 1999-2000 Rangers Fan Club Rookie of the Year … Posted a plus or even rating in 51 of the 82 games … Tallied the game-tying goal on April 1 at Boston, becoming the first Rangers rookie since Tony Amonte (69 points, 1991-92) and Sergei Nemchinov (58 points, 1991-92) to reach the 50-point plateau (26 goals, 24 assists) … Posted a four-game point streak from March 19 to March 26, collecting four points (three goals, one assist) over the span … Tallied a power play goal on February 25 at Buffalo, becoming the first Rangers rookie to score 20 goals in a season since Alexei Kovalev notched 20 during the 1992-93 campaign … Posted a four-game point streak from January 31 to February 8, collecting five points (three goals, two assists) over the span … Notched an assist on Kevin Stevens’ goal on October 11 at Long Island, marking his first career NHL assist … Collected the game-winning tally, the first of his NHL career, on October 10 vs. Phoenix … Tallied his first career NHL goal/point on October 2 at Vancouver (Kevin Weekes) … Made his Rangers/NHL debut on October 1 at Edmonton.
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