The NHL Awards go down tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. There is plenty of hardware for the league to hand out. Stick with Last Word on Hockey, as we will be updating the Awards all night long.
Live Results: 2018 NHL Awards
Ted Lindsay Award – Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
The Lindsay is awarded to the NHL’s Most Outstanding Player as voted by the Players. Connor McDavid won the Art Ross Trophy with 41 goals and 67 assists for 108 this season. It is the second straight Lindsay for McDavid, as well as his second straight scoring title.
William M. Jennings Trophy – Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick is announced as the winner of the Jennings trophy, awarded to the goalie or goalies who play in enough games to qualify, for the team with the fewest goals against in the NHL. The 203 goals surrendered by the Kings were best in the NHL this year.
Norris Trophy – Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
The award for the NHL’s best defenceman goes to Victor Hedman. Hedman put up 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points this season. He was the top defenceman on the Lightning, who were the best team in the Eastern Conference.
King Clancy Memorial Trophy – Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks twins take home the Clancy Trophy for their community involvement off the ice. The Sedins work in Vancouver has been immense throughout their career, and the brothers take home one final award in their NHL career.
Calder Trophy – Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
The NHL Rookie of the Year award goes to Barzal. Barzal scored 22 goals and 63 assists for 85 points this year. The 20-year-old finished 20 points ahead of the NHL’s next highest scoring rookie.
Lady Byng Trophy – William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights
Karlsson scored 43 goals and 35 assists for 78 points for the Golden Knights this year. He also took only 12 minutes in penalties. This was the fewest of the NHL’s top 40 scorers. Karlsson helped the Golden Knights to a remarkable inaugural season.
Masterton Trophy – Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils
The Masterton Trophy goes to the Brian Boyle for perseverance and dedication to hockey. Boyle was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in training camp. He wound up coming back and scoring 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 63 games this year. He was also an NHL All-Star.
EA SPORTS Cover Athlete – P.K. Subban
The cover of EA Sports NHL 19 video game will be graced by P.K. Subban. Subban was third in Norris voting. He put up 16 goals and 43 assists for 59 points this year, and helped the Nashville Predators to the President’s Trophy.
Selke Trophy – Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
The award for the NHL’s Best Defensive Forward goes to Anze Kopitar for the second time. Kopitar scored 35 goals and 57 assists for 92 points this year. His possession numbers were 55.4 percent Corsi-for, and +2.8 relative Corsi.
Jack Adams Award – Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights
The award for coach of the year goes to Gerard Gallant. Gallant took the “Golden Misfits” to the top of the Pacific Division, and to the Stanley Cup Final. It was the best performance of an expansion team ever, in any major North American sport.
The other nominees were Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche and Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins.
Rocket Richard Trophy – Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Messier Leadership Award – Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights,
The award for leadership on and off the ice goes to Engelland. He put up a career season with five goals and 18 assists for 23 points. A leader on ice for the Golden Knights, Engelland was also instrumental in off-ice work in the Las Vegas community.
Vezina Trophy – Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
The award for the NHL’s best goalie this season goes to Pekka Rinne. Rinne went 42-13-4 as the Predators won the President’s Trophy as the top regular season team in the league. He had a 2.31 goals against average, a .927 save percentage, and eight shutouts.
GM of the Year – George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights
McPhee wins the award for assembling the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The team shocked the world this year, and were better than any expansion team in history. They made the Stanley Cup Final.
The other nominees were Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Winnipeg Jets and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Art Ross Trophy – Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
With 108 points, Connor McDavid wins his second straight NHL scoring title. He finished six points ahead of Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, and eight points ahead of Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning. These three players are the only ones to break the century mark this season.
Willie O’Ree Community Hero – Darcy Hogan
This is the first year for this award. Hogan wins the award for his work in coaching the Humboldt Broncos. He believed in the philosophy of not just helping his team become better players, but truly moulding them into better people. While Hogan lost his life in the tragic bus crash that devastated the team, his memory and his legacy will live on.
The other nominees were Debbie Bland of Etobicoke, Ontario, Neil Henderson of Washington D.C, and Darcy Hogan of Humboldt Saskatchewan.
Hart Trophy – Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
The Trophy for the NHL’s most valuable player goes to Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils. He led the Devils back to the playoffs, scoring 39 goals and 54 assists for 93 points. He finished 41 points ahead of the next highest scoring player on the Devils.