Kucherov & Vasilivskiy Claim Top Honors at NHL Awards


Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy spent the NHL Awards doing what they did all regular season, winning. Kucherov swept both MVP categories as voted by his peers at the NHLPA and the media. Additionally he received his long determined Art Ross award for scoring the most points in the season at 128. He becomes just the third Russian to win all three in a single season, joining Alex Ovechkin in 2009 and Evgeni Malkin in 2012.

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Evgeni Malkin Leaves Vegas with Three of a Kind

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Last night, Evgeni Malkin was the toast of Sin City as he captured the NHL’s top honors in the most important awards an individual player can win. Malkin first appeared on stage out of the shadows holding the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to the leagues top score, a trophy he had wrapped up prior to the start of the playoffs. Although he was the clear cut winner back in April the NHL waited until the award ceremony to present him with the actual trophy. Malkin became the first Russian to win the award more than once surpassing Alexander Ovechkin who originally won it in 2007-08.
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A Night with the Stars, a insiders take on the NHL Awards


Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the NHL awards at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Never having gone to one before I certainly didn’t know what to expect when it came to showtime. Prior to the actual show fans were invited to gather around the red carpet where players, their families, and top dogs of the NHL would walk en route to the Pearl Concert Theater.
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Very Belated Awards Show notes

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Last week in Las Vegas, the NHL had former players and teammates Igor Larionov and Vladimir Konstantinov announce the winner of the Lester B. Pearson award. Konstantinov who was injured in a limousine accident in 1997 days after lifting the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings announced Alexander Ovechkin’s name as the young star collected 3 trophies that night.

With the help of a walker, Konstantionov was able to stand up and move slowly showing the willpower he showed during his career. If I were the NHL I would have included Sergei Fedorov since all three played in Detroit at the same time.

Recently ESPN had a done a little feature of the player which could be found here