The National Hockey League announced the first round of winners of the league’s awards on Friday afternoon. For the second consecutive year, Dustin Brown finished as a runner up in the Mark Messier Leadership Award as veteran Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was presented the award one year after it was named to Shane Doan.
Though suggestions for nominees are solicited from fans, clubs and NHL personnel, the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is made by Messier himself. Jonathan Toews, who was awarded the Selke Trophy, was also a finalist for the Messier Award.
The winners of the Hart Memorial Trophy (league MVP), Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie), James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender) and Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted on by the NHLPA) will be announced in a ceremony broadcast on NBCSN in the United States at 4:00 p.m. PT on Saturday prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
GM of the Year Award – Ray Shero, Pittsburgh
Jack Adams Award – Paul MacLean, Ottawa
-the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success
Frank J. Selke Award – Jonathan Toews, Chicago
-the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy – Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
-the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy – Josh Harding, Minnesota
-the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey
King Clancy Memorial Trophy – Patrice Bergeron, Boston
-the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his communit
Mark Messier Leadership Award – Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa
-the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season
NHL Foundation Player Award – Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit
-the player “who applies the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community