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NHL Award Winners for 2017-18 Season

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

 

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).