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NHL Announces 2002-03 Awards Finalists

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The NHL announced today the nominees for seven annual awards, which will be announced on Thursday, June 12 during the 2003 NHL Awards Television Special in Toronto. The Awards show will be broadcast nationally in Canada on CBC and in the United States on espn2 from 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET.

Four members of the Western Conference regular-season champion Dallas Stars -- the most of any NHL club -- have been selected as finalists for NHL trophies.

Stars voted as trophy finalists are Derian Hatcher, for the Norris Trophy as best defenseman; right wing Jere Lehtinen, for the Selke Trophy as top defensive forward; center Mike Modano, for the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship; and Marty Turco, for the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender.

Named as finalists for the Hart Trophy as the League's most valuable player to his club are forwards Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche and Markus Naslund of the Vancouver Canucks -- NHL scoring leaders this season and natives of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden -- and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. Each is a Hart Trophy finalist for the first time.

Brodeur, also a Vezina Trophy finalist, and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, a finalist for the Norris and Lady Byng Trophies, are the only players nominated for multiple awards.

All voting is conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. The Professional Hockey Writers' Association votes for five trophies (Hart, Norris, Selke, Calder and Lady Byng), the NHL Broadcasters' Association selects the Jack Adams Award and NHL General Managers vote for the Vezina Trophy.

The results are tabulated by the accounting firm Ernst & Young. Following are the finalists for each trophy, in alphabetical order:

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Peter Forsberg, Colorado Avalanche
Markus Naslund, Vancouver Canucks

JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (Outstanding All-Around Defenseman)
Derian Hatcher, Dallas Stars
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Al MacInnis, St. Louis Blues

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (Outstanding Defensive Forward)
Jere Lehtinen, Dallas Stars
John Madden, New Jersey Devils
Wes Walz, Minnesota Wild

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (Sportsmanship and Gentlemanly Conduct)
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Mike Modano, Dallas Stars
Alexander Mogilny, Toronto Maple Leafs

Barret Jackman, St. Louis Blues
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

VEZINA TROPHY (Outstanding Goaltender)
Ed Belfour, Toronto Maple Leafs
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Marty Turco, Dallas Stars

JACK ADAMS AWARD (Outstanding Coach)
Jacques Lemaire, Minnesota Wild
Jacques Martin, Ottawa Senators
John Tortorella, Tampa Bay Lightning

Other awards to be presented at the NHL Television Awards Special on June 12:

Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche will receive the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's points leader, while teammate Milan Hejduk will accept the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader. Forsberg recorded 106 points (29 goals, 77 assists) and Hejduk tallied 50 goals.

Three goaltenders -- Roman Cechmanek and Robert Esche of the Philadelphia Flyers and Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils -- will share the William M. Jennings Trophy, presented to the goaltender(s) with more than 25 appearances on the club allowing the fewest goals against during the regular season. The Flyers and Devils finished the season having allowed 166 goals.

Two other trophies, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey) and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership and humanitarian contribution to his community) also will be presented at the Awards Ceremony.
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