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Astros 3B Alex Bregman, recent AL Player of the Week



Alex Bregman playing field in 2017 photo by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, via wikipedia commons

Third baseman Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 1st.

Other noteworthy performances last week included outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (.393, 6 R, 7 XBH, 12 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; closer Edwin Díaz (5 G, 0.00 ERA, 5 SV, 7 SO) and starting pitcher James Paxton (2-0, 1.20 ERA, 15.0 IP, 21 SO) of the Seattle Mariners; backstop Robinson Chirinos (.429, 4 XBH, 9 RBI, 1.000 SLG) of the Texas Rangers; outfielder Aaron Hicks (.421, 6 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) and All-Star starter Luis Severino (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 13.2 IP, 15 SO) of the New York Yankees; starter Brad Keller (1-1, 0.60 ERA, 1 CG, 15.0 IP) of the Kansas City Royals; and starter Blake Snell (2-0, 0.63 ERA, 14.1 IP, 20 SO) of the Rays.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Alex Bregman will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Bregman posted a slash line of .464/.516/1.179 with seven runs scored, 13 hits, five doubles, five home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases over seven games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Alex finished his outstanding week first in hits, doubles, extra-base hits (10), total bases (33), home runs, batting average and slugging percentage; second in RBI and on-base percentage; tied for second in runs scored; and tied for third in stolen bases. This is Houston’s third weekly award of the 2018 season, following his teammates Justin Verlander (April 16th) and Evan Gattis (June 18th).

On Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, three doubles, a homer and two RBI to propel the Astros to a 7-0 victory. Bregman became the first player in franchise history to post those numbers in a single contest, and the 35th in AL history. In his following game, the LSU product batted 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, two doubles and his third homer in as many days. The round-tripper was his first career walk-off homer and capped off a comeback win in which the Astros trailed by five runs earlier in the game. Additionally, Alex, who also earned AL Player of the Month honors for June, became the first slugger in team history to log multiple doubles, a home run and two RBI in consecutive games. Over the weekend, Bregman clubbed a two-run home run on both Friday and Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, totaling 16 homers on the season. The second overall selection of the 2015 MLB Draft joined Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell (May 1996 and August 2000) and Richard Hidalgo (September 2000) as the only players in franchise history to register at least 10 home runs and 30 RBI in a single month.


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NHL announces 2018-19 Home Openers for all teams: CBJ opens October 5 vs. Carolina



NEW YORK – The National Hockey League recently announced the home openers for all 31 clubs for the 2018-19 regular season. The League’s complete 1,271-game schedule will be revealed live on NHL Network tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, at 5 p.m. ET during NHL Tonight: 2018-19 Schedule Release, hosted by Fran Charles and analysts Ken Daneyko and Mike Johnson. The hour-long show will also be streamed live on


Anaheim Ducks: Monday, Oct. 8 vs. Detroit
Arizona Coyotes: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Anaheim
Boston Bruins: Monday, Oct. 8 vs. Ottawa
Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Boston
Calgary Flames: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Vancouver
Carolina Hurricanes: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. New York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks: Sunday, Oct. 7 vs. Toronto
Colorado Avalanche: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota
Columbus Blue Jackets: Friday, Oct. 5 vs. Carolina
Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Arizona
Detroit Red Wings: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Columbus
Edmonton Oilers: Thursday, Oct. 18 vs. Boston
Florida Panthers: Thursday, Oct. 11 vs. Columbus
Los Angeles Kings: Friday, Oct. 5 vs. San Jose
Minnesota Wild: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Vegas
Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 11 vs. Los Angeles
Nashville Predators: Tuesday, Oct. 9 vs. Calgary
New Jersey Devils: Thursday, Oct. 11 vs. Washington
New York Islanders: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Nashville
New York Rangers: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Nashville
Ottawa Senators: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Chicago
Philadelphia Flyers: Tuesday, Oct. 9 vs. San Jose
Pittsburgh Penguins: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Washington
San Jose Sharks: Wednesday, Oct. 3 vs. Anaheim
St. Louis Blues: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Winnipeg
Tampa Bay Lightning: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Florida
Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 3 vs. Montreal
Vancouver Canucks: Wednesday, Oct. 3 vs. Calgary
Vegas Golden Knights: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Philadelphia
Washington Capitals: Wednesday, Oct. 3 vs. Boston
Winnipeg Jets: Tuesday, Oct. 9 vs. Los Angeles




NHL 2017-18 All-Star Teams




LAS VEGAS  – NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL Awards, posted a career-high 93 points in propelling the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings and their first playoff appearance since 2011-12.

Joining Hall on the First Team are three other first-time members of the top echelon: defenseman Victor Hedman and right wing Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. The other two members of the 2017-18 squad are repeat selections: center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers earns a place for the second consecutive season, while defenseman Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings returns to the First Team for the first time since 2015-16.

Among those voted to the Second Team is Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, who garnered his third postseason All-Star berth after capturing First Team honors in 2012-13 and 2014-15.


The other five players voted to the Second Team are making their first career appearance on an NHL postseason All-Star Team: right wing Blake Wheeler and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, left wing Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Seth Jones of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and center Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.


Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.






Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. CONNOR MCDAVID, EDM 638 (110-26-10) 2 First Team, 0 Second Team
2. Nathan MacKinnon, COL 419 (27-85-29) 0 First Team, 1 Second Team
3. Anze Kopitar, LAK 149 (11-17-43)
4. Evgeni Malkin, PIT 137 (4-20-57)
5. Sidney Crosby, PIT 13 (0-3-4)
6. Claude Giroux, PHI 13 (0-2-7)
7. Taylor Hall, NJD 5 (1-0-0)
8. William Karlsson, VGK 3 (0-0-3)




Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. TAYLOR HALL, NJD 644 (105-36-11) 1 First Team, 0 Second Team
2. Claude Giroux, PHI 368 (28-66-30) 0 First Team, 1 Second Team
3. Alex Ovechkin, WSH 311 (18-50-71)
4. Brad Marchand, BOS 45 (2-1-32)
5. Artemi Panarin, CBJ 6 (0-0-6)
t-6. Jamie Benn, DAL 1 (0-0-1)
t-6. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY 1 (0-0-1)
t-6. Anze Kopitar, LAK 1 (0-0-1)




Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. NIKITA KUCHEROV, TBL 722 (134-17-1) 1 First Team, 1 Second Team
2. Blake Wheeler, WPG 356 (16-79-39) 0 First Team, 1 Second Team
3. Phil Kessel, PIT 163 (1-29-71)
4. Patrik Laine, WPG 97 (1-23-23)
5. David Pastrnak, BOS 17 (1-2-6)
6. Claude Giroux, PHI 6 (0-2-0)
7. Mikko Rantanen, COL 5 (0-0-5)
8. Mark Stone, OTT 4 (0-1-1)
9. Jakub Voracek, PHI 4 (0-0-4)
t-10. Dustin Brown, LAK 1 (0-0-1)
t-10. Brendan Gallagher, MTL 1 (0-0-1)
t-10. Joe Pavelski, SJS 1 (0-0-1)




Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. VICTOR HEDMAN, TBL 726 (138-11-3) 1 First Team, 1 Second Team
2. DREW DOUGHTY, LAK 672 (113-34-5) 2 First Team, 2 Second Team
3. P.K. Subban, NSH 374 (24-75-29) 2 First Team, 1 Second Team
4. Seth Jones, CBJ 289 (9-66-46) 0 First Team, 1 Second Team
5. John Carlson, WSH 267 (10-54-55)
6. John Klingberg, DAL 157 (8-21-54)
7. Roman Josi, NSH 77 (0-16-29)
8. Brent Burns, SJS 46 (2-6-18)
9. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 43 (0-6-25)
10. Alex Pietrangelo, STL 28 (0-6-10)
11. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS 25 (0-6-7)
12. Erik Karlsson, OTT 22 (1-2-11)
13. Ryan Suter, MIN 14 (0-2-8)
14. Dougie Hamilton, CGY 6 (1-0-1)
15. Zdeno Chara, BOS 3 (0-1-0)
16. Jaccob Slavin, CAR 2 (0-0-2)
t-17. Aaron Ekblad, FLA 1 (0-0-1)
t-17. Mark Giordano, CGY 1 (0-0-1)
t-17. Torey Krug, BOS 1 (0-0-1)




Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. PEKKA RINNE, NSH 646 (110-28-12) 1 First Team, 1 Second Team
2. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG 342 (19-71-34) 0 First Team, 1 Second Team
3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL 171 (11-26-38)
4. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK 76 (6-9-19)
5. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ 59 (4-8-15)
6. John Gibson, ANA 42 (0-8-18)
7. Antti Raanta, ARI 20 (2-2-4)
8. Tuukka Rask, BOS 8 (0-1-5)
9. Jonathan Quick, LAK 7 (0-0-7)
10. Roberto Luongo, FLA 5 (1-0-0)
11. Frederik Andersen, TOR 1 (0-0-1)


NHL announces All-Rookie Team for 2017-18




LAS VEGAS – The National Hockey League announced today the 2017-18 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes.


Also named to the 2017-18 NHL All-Rookie Team are defensemen Will Butcher of the New Jersey Devils and Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruinsas well as goaltender Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators.


Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding campaign:




Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators

Saros, a fourth-round selection (99th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, went 11-5-7 with a 2.44 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in 26 appearances to help the Predators earn their first Presidents’ Trophy and division title in franchise history. He led rookie goaltenders (minimum: 10 GP) in goals-against average (2.45), save percentage (.925) and shutouts (3), while also tying for second in games played (26) and placing third in wins (11). Saros – who ranked ninth among all NHL netminders (rookie or veteran) in save percentage – allowed two or fewer goals in half of his 26 outings, highlighted by 40-plus save shutouts Dec. 14 at EDM (46 SV) and Jan. 16 vs. VGK (43 SV). The 23-year-old Forssa, Finland, native is the second All-Rookie Team selection in Predators history, joining Filip Forsberg in 2014-15.


DEFENSEMEN (in alphabetical order)


Will Butcher, New Jersey Devils

Butcher, a fifth-round pick (123rd overall) by the Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Draft, led rookie defensemen with 39 assists and 44 points in 81 games (5-39—44). His 39 helpers set a Devils franchise record for a rookie blueliner in one season, surpassing the 38 collected by Barry Beck in 1977-78 (w/ CLR), and also ranked 13th in NHL history among first-year defensemen (regardless of team). Butcher opened the campaign with three assists Oct. 7 vs. COL, becoming the first player (forward or defenseman) in club history to register three points in his League debut and just the fifth blueliner from any team to do so in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68). The 23-year-old Sun Prairie, Wis., native is the 11th All-Rookie Team selection in Devils franchise history and the first blueliner to receive the honor since Colin White in 2000-01.


Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins

McAvoy, the 14th overall choice in the 2016 NHL Draft, ranked third among all rookies with a +20 rating while pacing first-year defensemen in total time on ice (1,395:17) in just 63 appearances. He also finished in the top five among rookie blueliners in assists (3rd; 25), goals (4th; 7) and points (4th; 32), accumulating the sixth-most points by a rookie defenseman in Bruins history – behind only Ray Bourque (65 in 1979-80), Bobby Orr (41 in 1966-67), Greg Hawgood (40 in 1988-89), Torey Krug (40 in 2013-14) and Glen Wesley (37 in 1987-88). McAvoy scored in overtime Feb. 27 vs. CAR, making him – at 20 years, 68 days – the youngest blueliner in franchise history to post a regular-season overtime goal. The Long Beach, N.Y., native is the 10th All-Rookie Team selection in Bruins history and first since Krug in 2013-14.


FORWARDS (in alphabetical order)


Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders

Barzal, the 16th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, led all rookies with 22-63—85 (82 GP), 20 points more than the next-closest player. He became the seventh rookie in League history to record at least 20 goals and 60 assists in one season – and first to do so since 2005-06 (Sidney Crosby w/ PIT). Barzal, who also paced rookies in assists (63), power-play assists (22) and power-play points (27), recorded a trio of five-point efforts: Nov. 5 vs. COL (0-5—5), Jan. 13 at NYR (2-3—5) and Feb. 9 vs. DET (0-5—5). In doing so, he became the second rookie in NHL history to post three five-point games within a single season – and first since the League’s inaugural campaign in 1917-18 (Joe Malone w/ MTL). The 21-year-old Coquitlam, B.C., native is the seventh All-Rookie Team selection in Islanders history and first since Michael Grabner in 2010-11.


Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks

Boeser, the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, ranked second among rookies with 29 goals and fifth with 55 points despite appearing in only 62 contests. He also placed in the top five among rookies in power-play goals (1st; 10), shooting percentage (2nd; 16.2%), power-play points (2nd; 23), power-play assists (t-4th; 13) and game-winning goals (t-5th; 4). Only two rookies have scored more goals in one season for the Canucks (Pavel Bure: 34 in 1991-92 and Trevor Linden: 30 in 1988-89), while just six have collected more points – each while playing more games. The 21-year-old Burnsville, Minn., native – who won the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting competition and earned MVP honors at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game in January – is the fifth All-Rookie Team selection in Canucks history and first in 20 years (1997-98: Mattias Ohlund).


Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes

Keller, the seventh overall choice in the 2016 NHL Draft, placed second among rookies with 23-42—65 while skating in all 82 games. His 65 points were the most by a Coyotes rookie since the club relocated to Arizona in 1996-97 – and the fifth-most dating to the franchise’s inaugural season in 1979-80. Keller ranked in the top five among 2017-18 NHL rookies in shots on goal (1st; 212), assists (2nd; 42), power-play assists (3rd; 14), power-play goals (t-4th; 6), power-play points (4th; 20) and goals (5th; 23). He also registered a 10-game point streak from March 11-28 (5-9—14), the longest by any rookie in 2017-18 and tied for the third-longest by a rookie in team history. The 19-year-old Chesterfield, Mo., native is the fifth All-Rookie Team selection in Coyotes/Jets history and the first since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg in 1996-97.



(1 point per vote)




4. Kyle Connor, WPG 65
5. Yanni Gourde, TBL 40
6. Nico Hischier, NJD 10
7. Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJ 6
8. Alex DeBrincat, CHI 3




3. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL 52
4. Ryan Pulock, NYI 4
5. Samuel Girard, COL 1




2. Malcolm Subban, VGK 24
3. Tristan Jarry, PIT 17
4. Anton Forsberg, CHI 2
5. Alex Lyon, PHI 1


NHL Award Winners for 2017-18 Season



LAS VEGAS – Left wing Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, whose 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) set career highs across the board and propelled the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings as well as their first playoff appearance since 2011-12, captured the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP at the 2018 NHL Awards, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.


Hall received 72 first-place tallies among the 164 ballots cast by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters for 1,194 points. It marked the closest Hart Trophy race since 2012-13, when Alex Ovechkin (WSH) edged Sidney Crosby (PIT), 1,090-1,058. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitarfinished third in balloting with 551 points.


Hall’s 93 points ranked sixth in the NHL and was 41 more than his next-closest teammate (Nico Hischier: 20-32—52), the highest such differential by a club’s top two scorers since 2007-08 (Ovechkin: 112, Nicklas Backstrom: 69 with Washington). He collected points in 26 straight personal appearances from Jan. 2 – March 6 (18-20—38), a franchise record and the longest such streak by any player since 2015-16. Hall also set a club record with a 19-game point streak during that span (Jan. 30 – March 6: 13-13—26).


The 26-year-old Calgary native and first-time NHL Trophy finalist is the first player in Devils history to capture the Hart Trophy; goaltender Martin Brodeur finished third in voting in 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2006-07.


Four members of the Vegas Golden Knights – defenseman Deryk Engelland, center William Karlsson, head coach Gerard Gallant and general manager George McPhee – received awards in recognition of achieving the greatest season by an expansion team in major pro sports history, both on and off the ice.


Engelland received the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, presented “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.” Engelland registered a career-high 18 assists and 23 points while serving as the backbone of a Golden Knights team that achieved unprecedented success for an expansion franchise. He also was a fixture in the Las Vegas community following the tragic events of Oct. 1. A longtime Las Vegas resident, Engelland continued a five-year relationship with local firefighters that has raised more than $40,000 for children who cannot afford to play hockey.


Karlsson, the Golden Knights’ leading scorer, captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in recognition of outstanding skill and sportsmanship. Only five players in League history scored more goals while playing for a club in its inaugural season than Karlsson, who tallied 43. He filled the scoresheet while taking only six minor penalties, finishing with the fewest penalty minutes (12) among the League’s top 40 scorers. The 25-year-old Marsta, Sweden, native is the first player to win an end-of-season trophy for a team in its inaugural campaign since 1979-80 (Wayne Gretzky w/ EDM).


Gallant won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s outstanding coach. He led the Golden Knights (51-24-7, 109 points) to a slew of historic achievements in 2017-18, with Vegas becoming the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and win its division. The Golden Knights started the season 8-1-0, using four goaltenders within their first 10 games following a spate of injuries. They went on to post their 34th victory on Feb. 1 to set the NHL record for wins by a team in its inaugural season – with 32 games remaining.


McPhee was voted NHL General Manager of the Year. Featuring a roster assembled by McPhee largely from the NHL Expansion Draft – conducted less than three months before training camp opened – Vegas set multiple expansion team records in capturing the Pacific Division title and reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Eleven Golden Knights players recorded career-best point totals, including the team’s top five scorers: Karlsson, Jonathan MarchessaultDavid PerronReilly Smith and Erik Haula.


Pekka Rinne captured the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender after backstopping the Predators to the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s best regular-season team. Rinne ranked third in the NHL with 42 victories, shared the League lead and set a club record with eight shutouts, and placed in the top 10 in goals-against average (5th; 2.31) and save percentage (7th; .927). The 35-year-old Kempele, Finland, native is a first-time Vezina Trophy winner in his fourth appearance as a finalist, having finished second in voting in 2010-11 and 2014-15 and third in 2011-12.


Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning won his first James Norris Memorial Trophy as the League’s best defenseman. Hedman shared first place among NHL defensemen with a career-high 17 goals, tied for the second-most in one season by a Lightning blueliner (behind Dan Boyle: 20 in 2006-07). He also ranked fifth among League defensemen with 63 points, becoming the first blueliner in team history to top 60 points in multiple campaigns (16‑56—72 in 2016-17).


New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie. Barzal was a near-unanimous selection, receiving 160 of 164 first-place votes. He led all rookies with 22-63—85 (82 GP), 20 points more than the next-closest player, and became the seventh rookie in League history to record at least 20 goals and 60 assists in one season. Barzal, who also paced rookies in assists (63), power-play assists (22) and power-play points (27), recorded a trio of five-point efforts: Nov. 5 vs. Colorado (0-5—5), Jan. 13 at NY Rangers (2-3—5) and Feb. 9 vs. Detroit (0-5—5).


Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as top defensive forward. 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%). A Selke finalist for the fourth time in five seasons, Kopitar is taking the trophy home for the second time in three years (also 2015-16).


New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. At the start of training camp, Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer. The 33-year-old worked his way back into the lineup by Nov. 1 and notched 10 goals over his first 25 games, including a memorable goal on the Devils’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center, a 3-2 win over Vancouver on Nov. 24. Boyle missed just three games after his season debut and represented the Devils at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay.


Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin capped their legendary NHL careers by accepting the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarianism. The Sedins’ strong connection with their community includes a $1.5-million donation they and their spouses made to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2010 to help build a new children’s hospital and expand existing medical services. They have helped the Canucks for Kids Fund raise $42 million since 2000-01, advocated for the literacy promotion programs of the Canucks Family Education Centre and supported the SPCA. The twins enabled thousands of deserving kids to attend Canucks games and touched the lives of thousands more by visiting elementary schools, meeting with patients and families at BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, and through their work with the Sedin Family Foundation.


Darcy Haugan, the late coach of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), was posthumously honored with the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. New in 2017-18, the award honors former NHL forward Willie O’Ree, who on Jan. 18, 1958, became the first black player to compete in the League and has served as the NHL’s Diversity Ambassador for more than two decades.


Haugan left a lasting impact in Humboldt, Sask., changing the lives of many of his players, always being there for each one of them and never hesitating to give them a second chance. Haugan believed strongly that the game is not about making hockey players; it is about making amazing human beings. He did just that, building up young leaders who also developed strong hockey skills along the way. Haugan died doing what he loved, surrounded by the young people he dedicated his life to.


Two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin returned to accept the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for the seventh time as the League’s goal-scoring leader during the regular season. Ovechkin scored 49 goals in 82 games, finishing ahead of Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (44 in 82 GP) and Karlsson (43 in 82 GP). Ovechkin became the second player in NHL history to finish atop the League’s goal-scoring race seven times, joining Bobby Hull (also 7x, all with Chicago).


Center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers earned his second consecutive Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by the NHLPA as well as his second straight Art Ross Trophy for leading the League in points during the regular season. McDavid, who tallied 108 points (41-67—108) in 82 games, became the first player to capture the Ted Lindsay Award twice before age 22. He collected at least one point in 58 of his 82 appearances (70.7%) and led the League with 84 even-strength points, 18 more than the next-closest player and the most by any NHLer since 1995-96.


Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings received the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender on the club that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season. Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 203 goals, eight fewer than the Predators (211) and 11 clear of the Boston Bruins (214). He earned his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the second in franchise history, adding to the one he claimed with Los Angeles in 2013‑14 en route to winning the Stanley Cup.


Voting for these awards was conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. The PHWA cast ballots for the Hart, Norris, Selke, Lady Byng, Calder and Masterton Trophies. NHL General Managers voted on the Vezina Trophy. The NHL Broadcasters’ Association submitted votes for the Jack Adams Award. Voting for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award was conducted among NHL General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media. Results were tabulated by Ernst & Young with the exception of the Masterton Trophy (PHWA).



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