Blue and White Midseason Awards
Coming into this season, there were not a lot of expectations for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now that I think about it, the only real expectation was that the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to shoot for the first pick overall in this years draft and grab John Tavares.
But with that now a far dream, all we can now hope for is that the team does badly enough where we fall into the top five and stay there—which we are currently at right now.
But until then, we have to handout awards to these players because they have worked hard and deserve them.
Who will win the coveted Dougy Gilmour award? Or who will receive the Aki Berg Award?
Guess you will have to see and find out.
The Jamie Macoun Award
This Award goes to the player who has the sickest facial hair on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Come on. Ryan Hollweg has a great one, too but nothing can beat Ian White's. Hell, my friends don't even say his name anymore, we just chant "Mo" to the television screen like off "The Simpsons."
Considerations: Ryan Hollweg
The Andrew Raycroft Award
This Award goes to a player who, after performing at a low level for the Leafs, goes on to another team to perform very well.
No other player even comes close to exhibiting these qualities then Andrew Raycroft. He played so badly for the Toronto Maple Leafs and then goes on to perform very well for the Colorado Avalanche.
Considerations: Kyle Wellwood, Alex Steen
The Bryan McCabe Award
This Award goes to the most hated player who is the most booed and churped player on the Toronto Maple Leafs, both on and off the ice.
This was a difficult decision for me because there was no clear whipping boy for the media this year, this was close.
But if you combine stupid decisions combined with disappointing play, Tomas Kaberle has been under the most scrutiny and wins this award. Wouldn't have imagined him for this award last year.
Consideration: Jason Blake, Pavel Kubina, Vesa Toskala
The Aki Berg Award
This Award goes to the player that shows the biggest plug qualities on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This was an easy decision because Ryan Hollweg all the qualities of a plug. He contributes nothing to the team, he makes a lot of mistakes, and nobody wants him around. Let's hope he is a one time winner.
Considerations: Jason Blake, Pavel Kubina
The John Pohl Award
This Award goes to the player who has the funniest name while being able to make funny slogans/comments about.
Although his name may be simple, a smelly finger can go a long way. You can put anything with this name and it is just fun to say.
The Lonny Bohonos Award
This Award goes to the player that most surprises everybody by performing past expectations.
This award was easy to hand to Jeremy Williams because nobody thought he would play at the level he has been playing at. Lets hope he can keep it up.
Considerations: John Mitchell, Mike Van Ryn, Ian White
The Tie Domi Award
This award goes to the player who shows the most combined grit and enforcing ability on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This was a tough decision because nobody has really come out as the enforcer of this team. But the award had to go out to somebody so I decided to give it to Jamal. He has shown the most consistent amount of grit and fight all season.
Consideration: Ryan Hollweg, Andre Deveaux
The Sergei Berezin Award
This award goes to the player with the sickest dangles, combined with the best hair on the team.
This award was an easy decision for me because Grabovski has shown that he can pullout a sick dangle at least once a game. That combined with his golden locks made him an easy pick for this award.
Consideration: Pavel Kubina, Jason Blake
The Doug Gilmour Award
This Award goes to the player that demonstrates the most leadership qualities while also showing determination towards winning.
This was a tough decision not because of the amount of leadership, but the lack of leadership on this team. So I had to look for players who lead by example and show determination and nobody shows this more then Ian White.
He fought through adversity to become a top player for this team and he never gives up.
Considerations: Dominic Moore, Curtis Joseph
The Wendel Clark Award
This Award goes to the player that is most favored by fans.
This kid was an instant celebrity when he made the team this year and it has not stopped. Everybody who is a hockey fan in Toronto knows about this guy and would do anything for him.
Considerations: Dominic Moore, Ian White, Curtis Joseph
The Borje Salming Award
This Award goes to the player who plays very good defense, while contributing on offense.
This was a tough decision because there are two players who have played better then Kubina.
One has been White and the other has been Van Ryn. The problem was that Van Ryn has been injured a lot while Ian White offense came a lot from him playing forward. Becasue of this, I chose Kubina.
He has played very well so far and deserves it.
Considerations: Mike Van Ryn, Ian White, Tomas Kaberle
The Nikolai Borschevsky Award
This Award goes to the leading goal scorer of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Although it be by a small margin, Ponikarovsky is the leading scorer of the Toronto Maple Leafs with 14 goals so far. Which is more then half of what Jeff Carter has with 29 goals.
Considerations: Nik Antropov (13), Niklas Hagman (11), Mikhail Grabovski (12)
The Mats Sundin Award
This Award Goes to the player that scores the most points on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nik Antropov has been, for the most part, the most consistent player for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He currently leads the Leafs by one point with 33 points. Which is exactly half of what Crosby has who has 66.
Considerations: Matt Stajan (32), Alexei Ponikarovsky (30), Tomas Kaberle (26)