NHL Awards about to kick off - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the media workroom tucked away deep in the underbelly of the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas!

You’re already well aware of this, but the NBCSN-televised NHL Awards begin at 4:00 p.m. today, with the NHL Network’s coverage of the Red Carpet arrivals beginning at 2:00 p.m. Several Kings are not only up for awards but will also be a part of the ceremony, as Luc Robitaille, Dean Lombardi, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar will be honored for their Stanley Cup victory late in this evening’s proceedings.

A reminder: Kopitar is up for the Selke Trophy, Brown is up for the Messier Leadership Award, and Lombardi is up for the General Manager of the Year. The Hart Trophy, which will be the final trophy presentation of the evening, will be awarded to Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf or Claude Giroux.

The scheduled order of award presentations is as follows, and is subject to change:

Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the players)
Presenters: Ted Lindsay and Eric Stonestreet
Finalists: Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf and Claude Giroux

Selke Trophy (forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)
Presenters: Michael Peca and David Walton
Finalists: Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Toews

Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)
Presenters: Rich Peverley and George Stroumboulopoulos
Finalists: Jaromir Jagr, Manny Malhotra and Dominic Moore

Calder Trophy (top rookie)
Presenters: Retta and Luc Robitaille
Finalists: Tyler Johnson, Nathan McKinnon, Ondrej Palat

Art Ross Trophy (scoring champion)
Presenter: George Stroumboulopoulos
Winner: Sidney Crosby

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (goal-scoring leader)
Presenter: George Stroumboulopoulos
Winner: Alex Ovechkin

King Clancy Memorial Trophy (for leadership on and off the ice and noteworthy humanitarian contribution to community)
Presenters: Adam Graves and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Winner: Andrew Ference

NHL Foundation Player Award (community service)
Presenters: Adam Graves and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Finalists: Patrice Bergeron, Brent Burns and Duncan Keith

Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone
Presenters: Cuba Gooding Jr., Mark Messier and George Stroumboulopoulos
Finalists: Dustin Brown, Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews

EA NHL 15 Cover Vote Winner
Presenters: Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie Olczyk with a special appearance by the hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez
Finalists: Patrice Bergeron and P.K. Subban

Norris Trophy (top defenseman)
Presenters: Chris Pronger and David Boreanaz
Finalists: Zdeno Chara, Duncan Keith and Shea Weber

Jack Adams Award (top head coach)
Presenters: Danny DeKeyser, Tyler Johnson and Semyon Varlamov
Finalists: Mike Babcock, Jon Cooper and Patrick Roy

Special recognition of the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings featuring Luc Robitaille, Dean Lombardi, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar
Introduction: Pia Toscano
Performer: Matisyahu

William M. Jennings Trophy (goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals)
Presenter: George Stroumboulopoulos
Winner: Jonathan Quick

Lady Byng Trophy (player best combining sportsmanship and ability)
Presenter: Michael Vartan
Finalists: Patrick Marleau, Ryan O’Reilly and Martin St. Louis

General Manager of the Year
Presenters: PK Subban, Dustin Brown and Ryan Getzlaf
Finalists: Marc Bergevin, Dean Lombardi and Bob Murray

Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)
Presenter: Colin Hanks
Finalists: Ben Bishop, Tuukka Rask and Semyon Varlamov

Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team)
Presenter: Mark Messier
Finalists: Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf and Claude Giroux


Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.