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NHL announces finalists for Selke Award: Bruins’ Bergeron, Flyers’ Couturier, Kings’ Kopitar

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

Patrice Bergeron in action 2014 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_4353, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Sean Courturier on ice 2012 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Anze Kopitar on ice 2015 By Kyle Geib - https www.flickr.com, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK (April 18, 2018) – Centers Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.

 

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

 

Following are the finalists for the Selke Trophy, in alphabetical order:

 

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Bergeron placed sixth in the NHL in face-off win percentage (57.3%, min: 750) and was a League-best 58.3% while shorthanded (min: 50). Bergeron also ranked first among NHL forwards in the individual puck possession metric SAT% (shot attempts percentage – min. 50 GP), as Boston registered 57.6% of all shot attempts when Bergeron was on the ice while each team had five skaters per side. The 14th-year Bruin has four career Selke wins, tied for the all-time lead with Montreal Canadiens forward Bob Gainey, who took home the prize in each of the first four years it was presented from 1978 through 1981. Bergeron is a finalist for a record seventh consecutive year, surpassing the six-year streak of Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk from 2008 through 2013.

 

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

Couturier tied for third place in the NHL in plus-minus with a +34 rating, the best by a Philadelphia player since John LeClair (+36) and Eric Lindros (+35) in 1998-99. Among forwards, he ranked second League-wide in total ice time (1,770:31) and third in average ice time per game (21:35). He logged an average of 1:53 in shorthanded ice time per game, nearly 50% more than the next Flyers forward. Couturier topped Philadelphia in puck possession with a shot attempts percentage of 53.2% (min. 50 GP) and ranked second on the team in face-off win percentage (52.8%, 529 of 1,001). The first-time Selke finalist is vying to become the first Flyer to capture the award since Dave Poulin in 1987 and third winner in franchise history (also Bobby Clarke, 1983).

 

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,810:58), an average of 22:05 per game, on the club that led the League in team defense, allowing an average of 2.46 goals a contest. He topped Los Angeles forwards in shorthanded ice time (2:10 per game) on the NHL’s top-ranked penalty-killing unit (85.0%). The 12th-year King ranked third League-wide in total face-offs and face-off wins with 1,816 and 983, respectively, setting career highs in both categories. He took 37% of his team’s face-offs, the third-highest percentage in the NHL, and his face-off win rate of 54.1% led the Kings and also marked a career best. Kopitar is a Selke finalist for the fourth time in five seasons; he placed second in 2014, third in 2015 and captured the award for the first time in 2016.

 

History

The trophy was presented in 1977 by the National Hockey League Board of Governors in honor of Frank J. Selke, one of the great architects of Montreal and Toronto championship teams.

 

Announcement Schedule

The three finalists for NHL Trophies are being announced by NBC Sports in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA Sports in Canada during pregame programming for the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Monday, April 30. The series of announcements continues on Thursday, April 19, when the three finalists for the Norris Trophy will be unveiled.

 

2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu

The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots as well as concerts and special events. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

 

A full lineup of presenters and entertainment will be announced at a later date. Fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

 

Bill Peters resigns as Hurricanes coach with one-year left on contract

 

Bill Peters walking onto ice 2014 photo By Benjamin Reed - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

In a surprising move, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters turned in his letter of resignation on Friday.

The 53-year-old from Alberta, Canada, had made strides with Carolina. The Hurricanes always played the faster teams tough by slowing the pace down and clogging up the middle of the ice. After going 30-41-11 for 71 points, his first season, the Hurricanes had inproved each year to achieve a winning record with 35, 36 and 36 wins. Overall, he was 137-138-53 in his first NHL head coaching job. But the big factor is, Carolina never made the playoffs during his tenure.

He had one year left on his contract which was extended in 2016. It is not known if the Hurricanes front office put a mandate on Peters to make the playoffs next year or not.

The Hurricanes play in the NHL’s toughest division, the Metropolitan with the Islanders, Rangers, Capitals, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Devils and Penguins. Every team in that division made the playoffs this season except the Rangers, Islanders and Carolina. The Hurricanes roster is not strong enough at this time to unseat any of those playoff teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Bill Peters Coaching record (courtesy wikipedia)

 

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Result
CAR 2014–15 82 30 41 11 71 8th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
CAR 2015–16 82 35 31 16 86 6th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
CAR 2016–17 82 36 31 15 87 7th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
CAR 2017–18 82 36 35 11 83 6th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
Total 328 137 138 53 327

 

Jets’ Morrissey suspended by NHL for illegal cross checking

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

Josh Morrissey (courtesy Winnipeg Jets)

NEW YORK (April 18, 2018) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been suspended for one game for cross-checking Minnesota Wildforward Eric Staal during Game 4 of the teams’ First Round series in Minnesota on Tuesday, April 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

 

The incident occurred at 16:38 of the first period.

 

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: https://www.nhl.com/video/t-277440360/c-59972103.


NHL announces Vezina Trophy candidates

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Pekka Rinne in action 2011 photo By Omjf23 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy in action 2014 photo by Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_7699 via wikipedia commons

Connor Hellebuyck (courtesy Winnipeg Jets)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK (April 17, 2018) – Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy, awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

 

The general managers of the NHL’s 31 clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

 

Following are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy, in alphabetical order:

 

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Hellebuyck (Commerce, Mich.) shared the League lead with 44 wins to guide the Jets to their best season in team history. In doing so, he shattered the franchise’s record for victories in one campaign, set by Kari Lehtonen in 2006-07 (34 w/ ATL), and also surpassed Tom Barrasso (Boston, Mass.) for the most wins by a U.S.-born goaltender in one NHL season (43 in 1992-93 w/ PIT). Hellebuyck earned 30 of his victories at Bell MTS Place (2.31 GAA, .921 SV%, 4 SO), matching the single-season NHL record for home wins established by Wayne Stephenson in 1975-76 (w/ PHI). He also ranked in the top 10 among goaltenders in games played (t‑1st; 67), shutouts (3rd; 6), goals-against average (8th; 2.36) and save percentage (10th; .924). The 24-year-old Hellebuyck, who set another club record with nine straight wins to close the regular season (March 15 – April 7), is the first Vezina Trophy finalist in Jets/Thrashers history.

 

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rinne ranked third in the NHL with 42 victories, behind only Hellebuyck and Vasilevskiy, to backstop the Predators to their first Presidents’ Trophy as well as franchise records for wins and points. He also shared the League lead and set a club record with eight shutouts while placing in the top 10 among netminders in goals-against average (5th; 2.31) and save percentage (7th; .927). Rinne matched a career high with 11 straight wins from Feb. 19 – March 19, the longest such run by any goaltender in 2017-18. He earned his 300th NHL win Feb. 22, becoming the 34th goaltender in League history to reach the milestone, and posted his 40th victory of the season March 19, becoming the seventh NHL goaltender to achieve the feat three times (also 2011-12 and 2014-15). The 35-year-old Kempele, Finland, native is a Vezina Trophy finalist for the fourth time after finishing second in voting in 2010-11 and 2014-15 and third in 2011-12.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Vasilevskiy tied Hellebuyck with a League-leading 44 wins and Rinne with an NHL-best eight shutouts to also propel the Lightning to their finest season in club history. He set franchise records in both categories, surpassing Ben Bishop’s 40 victories in 2014-15 and Nikolai Khabibulin’s seven shutouts in 2001-02. Vasilevskiy – who compiled a 2.62 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 65 appearances – won nine straight games from Oct. 9-30, also eclipsing Khabibulin’s team record of eight straight victories from Feb. 23 – March 6, 2004. The 23-year-old Tyumen, Russia, native became the 12th different goaltender in NHL history to finish a season with at least a share of the League lead in wins prior to his 24th birthday – and first to do so since Carey Price in 2010-11 (w/ MTL). A first-time finalist, Vasilevskiy is aiming to become the first Lightningnetminder to capture the Vezina Trophy.

 

History

Leo DandurandLouis 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, the outstanding Canadiens goaltender who collapsed during an NHL game on Nov. 28, 1925, and died of tuberculosis a few months later. Until the 1981-82 season, the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season were awarded the Vezina Trophy.

 

Announcement Schedule

The three finalists for NHL Trophies are being announced by NBC Sports in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA Sports in Canada during pregame programming for the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Monday, April 30. The series of announcements continues on Wednesday, April 18, when the three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy will be unveiled.

 

2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu

The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots as well as concerts and special events. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

 

A full lineup of presenters and entertainment will be announced at a later date. Fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.


NHL announces Clinton, NY., as winner of the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest

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(NHL PR)

 

Community Wins the Opportunity to Host an NHL Pre-Season Game and $150,000 in Arena Upgrades

 

PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO – April 14, 2018 – Kraft Heinz is thrilled to announce Clinton Arena in Clinton, N.Y. is the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018. After weeks of rallying and online voting, Clinton rallied together to prove exactly why they are the most spirited hockey community in America. The Kraft Hockeyville™ USA contest, now in its fourth year and in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), is proud to award Clinton Arena in Clinton, N.Y. an opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season Game and $150,000 in rink upgrades.

 

Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville™ USA will go toward improvements to a number of features, including the arena’s roof, locker room and seating.

 

“After an exciting face-off between our top four contenders, we’re thrilled to award Clinton the title of ‘Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018,’” said Michelle St. Jacques, head of brand marketing and R&D. “Clinton brought to life the essence of this program – both on and off the rink – and showed inspiring passion to rally their community. We’re excited to celebrate this win with them later this year.”

 

Rinks from across the country participated in this year’s bid for the title of “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018.” The runner-up, Brandon Valley in Brandon, S.D., will receive $30,000 to use toward rink upgrades, and George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, La. and Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury, Vt. will each receive $10,000.

 

In addition to the rink upgrades – and with the support of Kraft Heinz – NHLPA Goals & Dreams, the players’ charitable grassroots hockey program, will donate new hockey equipment to select Kraft Hockeyville™ USA communities, giving more disadvantaged youth the opportunity to play hockey. These donations continue the work of the players’ charitable initiative which for more than 18 years has assisted grassroots programs all around the world.

 

Since launching in Canada in 2006, Kraft Hockeyville™ has positively impacted more than 80 communities with over $4 million donated in rink upgrades across Canada and the U.S. Previous U.S. winners include Belle Vernon, Pa. in 2017, Marquette, Mich. in 2016 and Johnstown, Pa. in 2015.

 

“Each year, Kraft Hockeyville™ USA puts a spotlight on the importance of local ice rinks to communities all across the country,” NHL Chief Brand Officer and Executive Vice President Brian Jennings said. “Community support is crucial to the growth of hockey and Kraft Heinz’s commitment to this program is making a significant impact. Congratulations to Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York and to all of this year’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA participants. The overwhelming response from cities nationwide is proof positive of the local commitment to ice rinks and the youth hockey players, coaches, parents and volunteers that call it home.”

 

“We are proud to partner with Kraft Heinz to continue bringing the NHL into more communities across the U.S. We know this year’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA winner, Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York will be another great host,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. “The players who hit the ice next September are looking forward to the celebration with the passionate fans of Clinton.”

 

For program details, visit www.KraftHockeyville.com. Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 can also be found on Facebook (KraftHockeyvilleUSA), Twitter(@HockeyvilleUSA), and Instagram (KraftHockeyvilleUSA). Fans can join the conversation using #HockeyvilleUSA.

 

About The Kraft Heinz Company
The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands include KraftHeinzABCCapri SunClassicoJell-OKool-AidLunchablesMaxwell HouseOre-IdaOscar MayerPhiladelphiaPlantersPlasmonQuero, Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.
About The NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 250 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio and more than 151 million followers - league, team and player accounts combined – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio; and on NHL.com, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to giving back to the community through programs including: Hockey is for Everyone™ which supports nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America; Hockey Fights Cancer™ which raises money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight; NHL Green™ which is committed to the pursuit of sustainable business practices; Declaration of Principles – developed by and for hockey stakeholders – to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community; and a partnership with the You Can Play Project, which is committed to supporting the LGBT community and fighting homophobia in sports. For more information, visit NHL.com.
About The NHLPA
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labor organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labor relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 18 years, more than 70,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from the players’ donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $24 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.

 

 



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