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NHL Awards 2012: TV Schedule, Nominees and Predictions

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IJune 19, 2012

NHL Awards 2012: TV Schedule, Nominees and Predictions

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    The 2012 NHL Awards show will honour everything from the league’s MVP to the player most involved in his community. The player that will be featured on the cover of EA Sports' NHL 13 will also be revealed. With that in mind, here is a look at the 2012 NHL awards schedule, nominees and predicted winners.

    When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. ET

    Watch: NBC Sports Network, CBC. Plus, NHL Network has red carpet coverage at 4:00 p.m. ET and a recap show at 9:00 p.m. ET.

    Where: Encore Theater at Wynn, Las Vegas

    Presenters: Ted Lindsay, Mark Messier, Vince Vaughn, Matthew Perry, Joshua Jackson, Barry Melrose, Eddie Olczyk and many more.

    Performers: Nickelback 

Awards That Have Already Been Won

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    Conn Smythe Trophy: Awarded to the MVP of the playoffs. Winner: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings.

    Art Ross Trophy: Awarded to the player who has the most points in the season. Winner: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Maurice Richard Trophy: Awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the season. Winner: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Plus/Minus Award: Awarded to the player with the highest plus/minus rating in the season. Winner: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins.

    William H. Jennings Trophy: Awarded to the goaltender(s) with the lowest goals-against average in the season. Winner(s): Brian Elliott and Jaraslov Halak, St. Louis Blues.

    Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Awarded to the goaltender with the highest save percentage. Winner: Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues.

Calder Trophy

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    First awarded in 1937 by NHL President Frank Calder, the Calder Trophy honours the NHL’s best rookie, as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

     

    Nominees

    Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils 

    GP: 74; Goals: 16; Assists: 35; Points: 51; Plus/Minus: 8

    Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

    GP: 82; Goals: 22; Assists: 30; Points: 52; Plus/Minus: 20

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers 

    GP: 62; Goals: 18; Assists: 34; Points: 52; Plus/Minus: -2

     

    Winner: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Nugent-Hopkins managed to finish tied for the lead in rookie scoring, despite missing 20 games. An honourable mention to Henrique, who was by far the best rookie in the playoffs.

Lady Byng Trophy

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    Presented in 1925 by the wife of Canada’s Governor General, Lady Byng, the trophy is awarded to the NHL player who demonstrates great sportsmanship. Most often, it is a player with a very low number of penalty minutes.

     

    Nominees

    Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers 

    GP: 82; Goals: 4; Assists: 49; Points: 53; Plus/Minus: -9; PIM: 6

    Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers 

    GP: 78; Goals: 34; Assists: 42; Points: 76; Plus/Minus: 4; PIM: 10

    Matt Moulson, New York Islanders 

    GP: 82; Goals: 36; Assists: 33; Points: 69; Plus/Minus: 1; PIM: 6

     

    Winner: Matt Moulson. Brian Campbell is certainly deserving, but its been over 50 years since a defenseman won the award, and that won't change this season. Moulson is a solid all-around player who hits, blocks shots and plays clean. 

Frank J. Selke Trophy

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    First awarded in 1978 in memory of former Maple Leafs and Canadiens GM, Frank Selke, the Selke Trophy is given to the best defensive forward, as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

     

    Nominees

    David Backes, St. Louis Blues 

    GP: 82; Goals: 24; Assists: 30; Points: 54; Plus/Minus: 15

    Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins 

    GP: 81; Goals: 22; Assists: 42; Points: 64; Plus/Minus: 36

    Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings 

    GP: 70; Goals: 19; Assists: 48; Points: 67; Plus/Minus: 21

     

    Winner: Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk continues to be one of the best two-way players in the game today and possibly of all time. It's steals like this that make Datsyuk a favourite to win his fourth Selke. 

Bill Masterton Trophy

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    Bill Masterton, a forward with the Minnesota North Stars, passed away two days after an on-ice collision on January 13, 1968. The trophy named in his honour is awarded to the player shows perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. It was first presented in 1968 by the NHL Writers' Association.

     

    Nominees

    Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators 

    GP: 75; Goals: 27; Assists: 32; Points: 59; Plus/Minus: 16

    Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs 

    GP: 66; Goals: 25; Assists: 42; Points: 67; Plus/Minus: 1

    Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens 

    GP: 79; Goals: 33; Assists: 32; Points: 65; Plus/Minus: 2

     

    Winner: Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty played 79 games after returning from a fractured vertebra and a concussion, sustained last season when he was hit by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. 

King Clancy Trophy

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    The King Clancy Trophy was first presented in 1988 by the Board of Governors to honor Clancy, a former Senators player and Maple Leafs player, coach and GM. Each team nominates a player from their own team to be considered for the award.

    The winner is chosen by a committee of members from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.  

NHL Foundation Award

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    This trophy has been awarded since 1998 to the player who helps serve his community through commitment to hockey, perseverance and teamwork. The award is therefore similar to the King Clancy Trophy and many players have won both trophies.

     

    Nominees

    Mike Fischer, Nashville Predators 

    John-Michael Liles, Toronto Maple Leafs 

    Matt Moulson, New York Islanders

     

    Winner: Mike Fischer. This is toss-up, as all three nominees (as always) are deserving of the award.

Bridgestone Messier Leadership Award

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    This is a relatively new award, having been first presented in 2007. This trophy is given to the best team leader, both on and off the ice.

     

    Nominees

    Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings 

    GP: 82; Goals: 22; Assists: 32; Points: 54; Plus/Minus: 18

    Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers 

    GP: 76; Goals: 29; Assists: 25; Points: 54; Plus/Minus: -8

    Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes 

    GP: 79; Goals: 22; Assists: 28; Points: 50; Plus/Minus: -8

     

    Winner: Shane Doan. Doan led the Coyotes to their first division title this season. He continues to be a consistent force for a team facing various off-ice distractions. 

General Manager of the Year Award

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    This award is only three years old and has yet to receive a proper name. One option would be to name it after current Red Wings' GM Ken Holland, who has built a consistent winner in Detroit over the last 15 years.

     

    Nominees

    Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues

    Record: 49-22-11; Points: 109

    David Poile, Nashville Predators

    Record: 48-26-8; Points: 104

    Dale Tallon, Florida Panthers

    Record: 38-26-18; Points: 94

     

    Winner: Dale Tallon. Armstrong will garner strong consideration for his solid work in St. Louis, but Tallon will get the nod for guiding the Panthers to their first playoff appearance since the 1999-2000 season. 

Jack Adams Award

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    First presented in 1974 in honor of former Red Wings coach Jack Adams, the award is given to the NHL coach that had the biggest impact on his team’s success.

     

    Nominees

    Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues

    Record: 49-22-11; Points: 109

    Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators

    Record: 41-31-10; Points: 92

    John Tortorella, New York Rangers

    Record: 51-24-7; Points: 109

     

    Winner: Ken Hitchcock. A strong case can be made for each nominee; however, Hitchcock will take the award for his work turning around the St. Louis Blues. He took a team with very few star players and made them into a Presidents' Trophy contender. 

James Norris Trophy

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    The Norris Trophy was originally presented in 1953 by the children of late Red Wings owner, James Norris. It's awarded to the NHL’s best defenseman, as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

     

    Nominees

    Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

    GP: 79; Goals: 12; Assists: 40; Points: 52; Plus/Minus: 33

    Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

    GP: 81; Goals: 19; Assists: 59; Points: 78; Plus/Minus: 16

    Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

    GP: 78; Goals: 19; Assists: 30; Points: 49; Plus/Minus: 21

     

    Winner: Erik Karlsson. This may be the most hotly debated award of the year. Chara and Weber both delivered strong defensive performances throughout the season. However, Karlsson exploded with offensive numbers rarely seen by a defenseman.

Vezina Trophy

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    The Vezina Trophy was presented in 1927 by Montreal Canadiens owners in memory of George Vezina. The trophy is awarded to the NHL’s best goaltender, as voted on by NHL general managers.

     

    Nominees

    Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    GP: 62; Record: 39-18-5; GAA: 1.97; SVP: .930; Shutouts: 8

    Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

    GP: 73; Record: 43-18-8; GAA: 2.39; SVP: .923; Shutouts: 5

    Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    GP: 69; Record: 35-21-13; GAA: 1.95; SVP: .929; Shutouts: 10

     

    Winner: Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist was instrumental in the New York Rangers becoming the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. His statistics and Hart Trophy nomination are proof of that. 

Ted Lindsay Award

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    Formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, this trophy is awarded to the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted on by the NHL Players’ Association.

     

    Nominees

    Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers 

    GP: 62; Record: 39-18-5; GAA: 1.97; SVP: .930; Shutouts: 8

    Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins 

    GP: 75; Goals: 50; Assists: 59; Points: 109; Plus/Minus: 18

    Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    GP: 82; Goals: 60; Assists: 37; Points: 97; Plus/Minus: 7

     

    Winner: Evgeni Malkin. Malkin missed seven regular-season games but still managed to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading point-getter. He also led the Crosby-less Penguins to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Hart Trophy

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    The Hart Trophy was donated in 1923 by the father of former Montreal Canadiens manager and coach, Cecil Hart. It is awarded to the player deemed most valuable to his team during the regular season, as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

     

    Nominees

    Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers 

    GP: 62; Record: 39-18-5; GAA: 1.97; SVP: .930

    Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins 

    GP: 75; Goals: 50; Assists: 59; Points: 109; Plus/Minus: 18

    Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    GP: 82; Goals: 60; Assists: 37; Points: 97; Plus/Minus: 7

     

    Winner: Evgeni Malkin. Malkin will win the Hart for the same reasons he will win the Ted Lindsay Award. Look for Malkin to become the 14th player in NHL history to capture both awards in the same season. 

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