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NHL announces Vezina Trophy candidates



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


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

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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.



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.

Historical highlights for Friday, April 20, 2018: Day 110 of the Year



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MLB awards 2020 All-Star Game to LA Dodgers





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Dodger Stadium to Host the Midsummer Classic for the First Time Since 1980


LOS ANGELES – Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that Major League Baseball has awarded the 2020 All-Star Game Presented by Mastercard and accompanying All-Star Week festivities to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2020 Midsummer Classic will be the 91st edition in the event’s history, which dates back to 1933.

This marks the fourth time in franchise history that the Dodgers will hold the Midsummer Classic, including the third time in Los Angeles and the second at Dodger Stadium, which last staged the event in 1980. Previously, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was the site of the second All-Star Game of the 1959 season. In the franchise’s Brooklyn lineage, Ebbets Field hosted the 1949 All-Star Game, in which Jackie Robinson made his first National League All-Star team and batted second, behind double play partner Pee Wee Reese.

Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is proud to bring the All-Star Game to Los Angeles and fans of the Dodgers in 2020. As last year’s World Series demonstrated, Dodger Stadium remains one of our game’s classic ballparks, and it will be a perfect venue to showcase the very best of the National Pastime. I congratulate the Dodgers organization and the leaders of Los Angeles on putting together an outstanding bid to host the All-Star festivities.”

Dodger President & Chief Executive Officer Stan Kasten said: “We’ve made no secret that bringing an All-Star Game back to Los Angeles was a priority for our ownership group, and we couldn’t be more excited for Dodger fans and to showcase Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles to a worldwide audience in 2020. We’d like to thank Commissioner Rob Manfred, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Gil Cedillo for their efforts to secure this premier sporting event for our community, which will benefit from baseball’s legacy youth programs for years to come.”

The Mayor of Los Angeles, the honorable Eric Garcetti, said: “There’s no feeling quite like watching your favorite players take the field at the ballpark – and we can’t wait to welcome baseball’s best to Los Angeles for the 2020 All-Star Game. Dodger Stadium is a perfect destination for this summer tradition, and I look forward to sharing our city with fans from all over the world.”

Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo said: “We are proud that Los Angeles is being recognized for the global city it is, being selected as the host for the 2020 MLB All-Star Game. Los Angeles is poised to bring this international event to Dodger Stadium. We welcome the best of the best in the realm of baseball for this special event.”

The Dodgers will follow the upcoming Midsummer Classic hosts, the Washington Nationals, who will hold this summer’s event at Nationals Park on Tuesday, July 17th, and the Cleveland Indians, who will welcome the 90th All-Star Game to Progressive Field in 2019.

Please see the accompanying fact sheet for a summary of the Dodgers’ All-Star Game history.


Daily Almanac for Thursday, April 19, 2018: 109th Day of the Year



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Indians add outfielder Greg Allen for Puerto Rico Series vs. Twins



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The Indians this week recalled OF GREG ALLEN (#53) from Triple A Columbus, the 26th player, for the Puerto Rico series vs. Minnesota, April 17-18.

Allen, 25, will begin his second career stint with Cleveland after making his Major League debut when rosters expanded on September 1, 2017. He batted .229 (8-35) in 25 games for the Tribe with a double, a home run and six RBI. Allen collected his first career MLB hit on September 2 at Detroit and hit his first career homer on September 7 at Chicago-AL.

He batted .250 (9-36) in 23 appearances for Cleveland during 2018 Cactus League play, collecting two doubles, a triple and six RBI. He began 2018 with his first career assignment at Triple-A Columbus, where he has hit .200 (5-25) in the first week of the season.

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