NHL Awards 2012 Results: Nominees, Winners and Results from Las Vegas
On Wednesday night, the biggest and brightest stars in hockey will walk the red carpet and head to the annual NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Here, the league will hand out awards for the past season, including the Hart Trophy for league MVP, the Norris Trophy for the league's best defenseman and the Vezina Trophy for the top goalie in hockey.
Bleacher Report will cover all the action in this live blog with predictions, commentary and analysis from the red carpet to the end of the ceremony, so join us throughout the day and join the conversation.
Norris Trophy: Erik Karlsson, OTT
Hart Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Pitt
Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Bos
Mark Messier Leadership Award: Shane Doan, Phx
Lady Byng: Brian Campbell, Florida
King Clancy Award: Daniel Alfredsson, Ott
Calder Trophy: Gabriel Landeskog, Col
Ted Lindsay Award: Evgeni Malkin, Pitt
NHL Foundation Award: Mike Fisher, Nash
Jack Adams Award: Ken Hitchcock, St.L
Masterton Trophy: Max Pacioretty, Mont
Art Ross Trophy: Evgeni Malkin
Jennings Trophy: Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. St. L
Maurice Richard Trophy: Steven Stamkos, TB
Malkin thanks Sergei Gonchar, his best friend, former teammate and his translator when he first did press conferences in English.
The awards ceremony ends on time. Overall, I think the NHL did a very good job with this year's festivities.
What did you all think?
Malkin wins the Hart Trophy. Again, no surprise and Geno is a deserving winner. Good sense of humor about making his last speech again.
Lundqvist lets go an f-bomb which is heard on the air. Whoops on that one. He laughed it off and said it "Felt good." Sweet to hear him mention his pregnant wife and the past winners.
Vince Vaughn on to announce the Hart Trophy winner.
Actor Ray Liota on to announce the winner of the Vezina.
The nominees are:
Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles
Pekka Rinne, Nashville
The winner of the Vezina Trophy is: Henrik Lundqvist. Again, remember the playoffs don't count towards this award, it was voted on after the regular season. "The King" deserved this based on his regular season.
Likely to be Vezina and then Hart as we get closer to the close of the ceremonies. Who do you think will walk away with the Vezina? This will be one of the closer votes, in my opinion, but I still think Lundqvist will win it. Who do you think wins it and why?
Nickelback returns to the stage. The big winner of the Hart Trophy still has yet to be announced.
Lady Byng Trophy up next for gentlemanly conduct, sportsmanship and ability. For some reason, hockey players almost apologize for winning this award, maybe it's the feminine name that goes along with or the fact that sportsmanship isn't considered "macho."
The winner is: Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers defenseman. He is the first defenseman since 1954 to win the award.
Shane Doan announced as the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Doan a great captain and very involved in charitable things off the ice as well. A very deserving selection. Also great to see Messier at the ceremonies to give Shane Doan the award.
Mike Fisher of Nashville wins the NHL Foundation Award for his work in the Nashville community.
Time for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for devotion to the community. Daniel Alfredsson getting the award for his long time work in and around Canada's capital. Always good to see players recognized for the charity work they do rather than the negative headlines athletes often produce. Congrats to Alfredsson.
Masterton Trophy up now. Nominees are:
Daniel Afredsson, Ottawa
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto
Max Pacioretty, Montreal
All three nominees play for Canadian-based teams.
The winner is: Max Pacioretty.
Kevin Connolly of "Entourage" is here to announce the Selke Award for best defensive forward. He is also a big Isles fan.
David Backes, St. Louis
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
Patrice Bergeron, Boston
The winner is: Patrice Bergeron. Good choice to win this award.
Time for the EA Sports cover announcement. The finalists are Claude Giroux and Pekka Rinne. I think Giroux is the favorite because he plays in a bigger hockey market. Steven Stamkos, last year's winner, here as well to pass the baton.
The winner is: Claude Giroux
GM of the Year is up next.
David Poile, Nashville
Dale Tallon, Florida
Doug Armstrong, St. Louis
The winner is: Doug Armstrong of St. Louis
This is a surprise to me. Congrats to Armstrong who helped build the Blues into the 2nd best team in the Western Conference during this season.
Thanks to John Davidson, former goalie and broadcaster as well as Hitchcock, the scouting staff and his wife of course.
Calder Trophy up next for rookie of the year. The nominees are:
Adam Henrique, New Jersey
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton
And the winner is: Gabriel Landeskog. He dedicates the award to his grandfather.
Still no major surprises to me thus far. I have been right on my prediction as have most experts. I wonder who the big surprise winner will be this year.
Evgeni Malkin wins the Art Ross Trophy as the leading point getter in the league. These are the awards we knew about before hand as they are determined by the regular season leader in different categories. Congrats to the winners.
Now the Rocket Richard Trophy winner is announced. Steven Stamkos the winner by far with 60 goals on the season. It is the 2nd time the explosive Lightning winger has won the Richard Trophy.
Erin Andrews called to the stage. William Jennings Trophy winner announced. It goes to the team that gave up the least number of goals. Blues duo of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott are the winners.
Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year goes to Ken Hitchcock. He was the favorite for turning the Blues season around. This award has often been the kiss of death to coaches who get fired a year or two after winning it. Hitch had the most dramatic turnaround and the media jumped on his bandwagon. Congrats to Hitchcock who dedicated the award to Wayne Fleming.
A video featuring "The Saves of the Year" plays on the video board. Some great saves. Jeez, been a long time since I saw Cam Ward.
Now they are starting to announce the nominees for the Ted Lindsay Award, the league MVP as voted on by the players.
Great to see "Terrible" Ted Lindsay show up to announce the winner.
The winner of the award is Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins, winning over Henrik Lundqvist and Steven Stamkos. We'll see if the writers pick the same winner for the Hart.
Lindsay looked so small next to the actor from "Glee." Hard to believe he was once such a feared hockey player.
Malkin's English is still not great, but it has improved so much since his early days in the league. Glad to see him speaking in public in English. Go Geno!
Hart Trophy up next. Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGwire up to give the award. The nominees are:
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers goalie
Evgeni Malkin, Penguins center
Steven Stamkos, Lightning winger
After profiling "Kin Henrik," they go to a commercial. Frustrating, but hey, the Hart is the biggest award of the night and they will take their time with this one.
Tracy Morgan playing a hockey player on a spoof of HBO's 24/7 Winter Classic. Tracy Morgan looks good in a Rangers jersey.
Funny little bit on now poking a little fun at Brendan Shanahan. Glad the league is able to laugh at himself. Hope Shanny appreciates it.
Nice playoff highlights. Did anybody ever have a thicker beard than Dustin Penner?
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