The NHL hockey season may be over in principal, but is it really? With the upcoming draft and pending unrestricted free agent season the “off season” continues. And last week saw the annual NHL awards. It was the first year of a three year commitment to host the awards in Las Vegas, a seemingly fitting venue for the NHL. Expansion anyone?
Fittingly the NHL’s current best showman, Alex Ovechkin, won both the Hart Trophy and Lester B. Pearson award as NHL MVP and the players award for the best player respectively. While he had a great year, his comments on the podium indicated that he his fully prepared to continue the quest to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to Washington.
For me the other big winner at the awards, and deservingly so I might add, was Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, who picked up the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie. For a man who was playing in Europe 4 years ago he helped the Bruins to their best regular season in a number of years. He was amongst the most deserving winners of the night. Boston has been rejuvenated by his play helping them vault to the top of the Eastern Conference.
For Vancouver Canucks fans I thought we were going to be shut out until Roberto Loungo won the Scotiabank/NHL Fan Fav award!