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-- The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom
is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the “goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs.”
Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets are the two other finalists. All NHL Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, June 18th at the 2009 NHL Awards. The 2009 NHL Awards, the first ever to originate from Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on CBC and VERSUS from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas at 6:30 p.m. (CDT).
Backstrom, 31 (2/13/78), went 37-24-8 with a 2.33 goals against average (GAA) and a .923 SV pct. in 71 games and was selected to the NHL All-Star Game in 2008-09. Backstrom set new franchise records for wins (37), games played (71), shutouts (eight), saves (1,900) and minutes played (4,088). He ranked third in the NHL in GAA, fourth in SV pct., third in shutouts, fifth in wins, third in games played and second in saves (1,900). Backstrom made a club-record 20 consecutive starts from March 3-April 10.
The 6-foot-1, 189-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, is the franchise’s leader in GAA (2.24), SV% (.923), shutouts (17), home shutouts (13), shutout streak (149:19) and ranks second all-time on Wild list in wins (93) and games played (170). Since entering the NHL in 2006, and among goalies with 100 or more games played who have played all three seasons, Backstrom ranks fourth in win pct. (.650), second in GAA (2.24), first in SV pct. (.923), fifth in shutouts (17) and 11th in wins (93).
Backstrom was signed by the Wild as a free agent on June 1, 2006, and the Wild re-signed him to a four-year, $24 million contract on March 3, 2009.
Backstrom joins Jacques Lemaire and Wes Walz as members of the Wild to be designated a finalist for an NHL end-of-the-year award. Lemaire won the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach in 2002-03, the same season Walz was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward.