Sorry, it’s been a while. I have more time because I’m not watching games, and yet seem to have less time to update the blog. Go figure. But I promise to be better about that, and will have some fun summer stuff up soon.
But first, there’s one more 2012 NHL season loose-end to tie up: the NHL Awards. Look out Vegas, the Frozen Hotties are comin’ to town.
I mean, HAVE YOU SEEN THIS??
I don’t care that it sounds like the name of a bar of soap. I just want to be there.
But instead, I’ll be at home, watching with Nikki, and Maki, stuffing my face with junk food, and laughing at people on the “red carpet.” I love it when hockey goes all Hollywood. Entertainers and athletes are the only people I can think of that like to give each other awards for doing their jobs. Can you imagine if the police did it? Firemen? Garbage collectors? College professors? Scientists? Doctors? “For the best spleen removal of the year, as voted by the patients of St. Mary’s and the surgical nurses’ union, the winner is Dr. Blair!” or “Oh, look, it’s Professor of Physics at Columbia, Dr. Hamilton, arriving on the red carpet with his supermodel wife. Dr. Hamilton is nominated for Best Explanation of Quantum String Theory….”
I crack myself up. As do you, NHL, as do you. And I love you for it.
Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick primer of the awards, who is up for what, and what the awards look like. After all, this is the 5 Hole, and we are all about what pretty things look like. On with the show!
Hart Memorial Trophy
The Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in all NHL cities at the end of the regular season.
The Hart Memorial Trophy was presented by the National Hockey League in 1960 after the original Hart Trophy was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The original Hart Trophy was donated to the NHL in 1923 by Dr. David A. Hart, father of Cecil Hart, former manager-coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
NOMINEES: Henrik Lundqvist(!!!!), Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos
Ted Lindsay Award (formerly Lester B. Pearson Award)
It honors Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original Players’ Association.
NOMINEES: Henrik Lundqvist(!!!!), Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos (second verse, same as the first)
The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs.
Leo Dandurand, Louis Letourneau, and Joe Cattarinich, former owners of the Montreal Canadiens, presented the trophy to the National Hockey League in 1926-27 in memory of Georges Vezina, outstanding goalkeeper of the Canadiens, who collapsed during an NHL game Nov. 28, 1925, and died of tuberculosis a few months later.
NOMINEES: Henrik Lundqvist(!!!!), Pekka Rinne, Jonathan Quick
James Norris Memorial Trophy
The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
The James Norris Memorial Trophy was presented in 1953 by the four children of the late James Norris in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings.
NOMINEES: Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber (Hey, finally an award Lundqvist isn’t up for)
Calder Memorial Trophy
The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
From 1936-37 until his death in 1943, Frank Calder, NHL President, bought a trophy each year to be given permanently to the outstanding rookie. After Calder’s death, the NHL presented the Calder Memorial Trophy in his memory and the trophy is to be kept in perpetuity.
NOMINEES: Adam Henrique, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
Lady Byng, wife of Canada’s Governor-General at the time, presented the Lady Byng trophy in 1925. After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times in eight seasons, he was given the trophy to keep and Lady Byng donated another trophy in 1936. After Lady Byng’s death in 1949, the National Hockey League presented a new trophy, changing the name to Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
NOMINEES: Brian Campbell, Jordan Eberle, Matt Moulson (note: No goaltender has ever won the award; Bill Quackenbush and Red Kelly are the only defensemen to do so, and no defenseman has won in over fifty years.)
Frank J. Selke Trophy
The Frank J. Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1977–78 NHL season. It was named after Frank J. Selke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.
NOMINEES: David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, Pavel Datsyuk
Masterton Memorial Trophy
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season.
A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.
The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers’ Association in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a hockey game.
NOMINEES: Daniel Alfredsson, Joffrey Lupul, Max Pacioretty
Messier Leadership Award
The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone has been awarded since 2006-07 and is awarded “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”
Suggestions for nominees are solicited from fans, clubs and NHL personnel, but the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is made by Mark Messier himself.
NOMINEES: Ryan Callahan, Dustin Brown, Shane Doan
NHL Foundation Award
The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player “who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community.” The award is closely related to the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, as both are awarded to a player who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.
NOMINEES: Mike Fisher, John-Michael Liles, Matt Moulson
Jack Adams Award
The Jack Adams Award is an annual award presented by the National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association to the NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success. The winner is selected in a poll among members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association at the end of the regular season.
The award was presented by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association in 1974 to commemorate the late Jack Adams, former coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. His lifetime dedication to hockey has served as an inspiration to all who aspire to further the game.
NOMINEES: John Tortorella (NYR), Paul Maclean (OTT), Ken Hitchcock (STL)
General Manager of the Year
An annual award presented to recognize the work of the league’s general managers, voting for this new award is conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.
aka: No One Cares Except the Other GMs Award. (okay, I may have made that up. But it seems true.)
NOMINEES: Doug Armstrong (STL), David Poile (NSH), Dale Tallon (FLA)
There you have it, folks. Hopefully that will make watching the awards more fun. Or at least more understandable. If not, just make fun of what people are wearing, like I do.
Nikki wanted to do predictions, but I don’t want to play favorites (*cough*LUNDQVIST*cough*) since not all of our readers root for the same team (*cough*RANGERS*cough*) and even we don’t always root for the same team (*cough*really SHARKS? Not one damn nomination??*cough*). Plus, I didn’t want to jinx anyone. But let me just say, Hank better go home with some hardware, or I may unleash the f-in’ fury. Just sayin’.