The 2013 NHL Awards presented a lighter dose of last year's ceremony due to the shortened season, but it wasn't short on big storylines and importance after the two-day show.
While the biggest awards—the Hart, Vezina, Norris, Calder and Lindsay Trophies—were handed out on Saturday, we saw plenty of surprises and big-time trophies handed out to some of the NHL's best players on Friday.
But the biggest action came on Saturday, when the league's MVP, top defenseman, best goalie and more are awarded.
Let's get right to it and break down the winners from the 2013 NHL Awards.
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
The 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks notched some gaudy numbers defensively, and that was the biggest difference-maker for the Selke Trophy as they awarded it to the Hawks captain.
The award, given to the forward with the best defensive abilities, is a telling point to Chicago's great season. Toews finished plus-28 on the season, the best mark of his career, while his Blackhawks finished first overall in team defense.
Toews also won nearly 60 percent of his faceoffs on the year.
His impact on his team is still on display, if you tune into the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Jack Adams Award: Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators
Senators head coach Paul MacLean did a lot with a little this season, and that won him the Jack Adams Award presented to the NHL's coach of the year.
His Ottawa squad was pegged as one of the NHL's elite heading into the season, but injuries to Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson and star forward Jason Spezza left them staggered from the start. That didn't stop him from leading his team to a 25-17-6 record.
MacLean beat out Chicago's Joel Quenneville and Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau, both worthy contenders, for the award.
MacLean's victory here goes to show that the voters take overcoming obstacles into account more than anything. Quenneville can boast the best start-to-finish performance, and Boudreau can say that he did more with less all year. But MacLean lost arguably his two best players to rebound and put together a great season.
GM of the Year Award: Ray Shero, Pittsburgh Penguins
Having quite possibly the two best players in the world on your roster is enough to win the GM of the Year award, but Penguins general manager Ray Shero did much more than that.
Desperate to give his team a boost at the trade deadline, he grabbed veteran NHL star Jerome Iginla, as well as Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen.
Shero also obtained center Brandon Sutter and goalie Tomas Vokoun in the offseason, the latter having played well between the pipes early on in Pittsburgh's playoff run when inserted into the starter's spot.
Shero narrowly beat out finalists Bob Murray of Anaheim and Marc Bergevin of Montreal for the award.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Martin St. Louis is no stranger to winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, with this being his fourth time notching the award.
St. Louis beat out Chicago's Patrick Kane and the New York Islanaders' Matt Moulson for the award.
It was also the third time in four years that he's taken the Lady Byng, with Florida's Brian Campbell taking the award last year. It's given to the player picked to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
There's no doubt that St. Louis has been one of the NHL's best players on a consistent basis for the past decade, but his sportsmanship and love for the game and the way it's supposed to be played is admirable.
It doesn't hurt that he led the NHL in points, either.
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
The first of three awards given for service-related work, Bruins star Patrice Bergeron took the King Clancy Trophy.
The Clancy Trophy is given to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Bergeron is busy preparing for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, but he took time out of that to make a statement on the Bruins' official website.
“It means a lot, it's a huge honor. Obviously, anytime you have the chance to help out the community, it's something that speaks a lot to me and I want to do,” said Bergeron. “Like I said it’s a huge honor, and I'm very happy about it. I like to lead by example and just work as hard as I can on and off the ice and help whoever I can.”
Bergeron's "Patrice's Pals" program brings hospital patients and young children receiving treatment to home Bruins games for them to watch the games in luxury suites.
NHL Foundation Player Award: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
The NHL Foundation Player Award is designated for players who do the most off the ice and in their communities, but that didn't stop one of the sport's top stars from winning it.
Not to be overstated by his hockey prowess, Henrik Zetterberg and his wife, Emma, are all over the place in his community and in outreach projects to poverty-stricken countries including Ethiopia, Guatemala and Nepal.
Zetterberg also funds a high school scholarship for one hockey player each year.
The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the Zetterberg Foundation, which will help fund three water stations in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild
Although not officially noted, the Masterton Trophy is essentially the "comeback player of the year" award. It could not have gone to a more fitting player.
The Minnesota Wild goaltender was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, an autoimmune disease that attacks and eats away the protective lining of his nerves and causes them to scar.
He came back from extensive treatments and a life-threatening injury to return to the ice during the 2012-13 season, posting a 1-1-1 record. Harding beat out Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid for the award.
While no one is arguing that Harding had a better year on ice than his fellow finalists, it can't be appreciated enough that the Wild goalie overcame such a devastating and deadly disease.
Moments like this remind you that hockey is just a game.
Mark Messier Leadership Award: Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
Mark Messier isn't just important enough to put his name on this award, he also gets to pick the winner. And this year, he went with Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.
The award is given to the player who shows great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.
Alfredsson was a likely candidate for the award, as he's serving as the NHL's longest-active captain and is already Ottawa's franchise leader in points, games played and assists.
He's also gotten involved with the Boys and Girls Club outside of his day job, giving back to the community and being a long-time staple in Ottawa as one of the faces of the city.
Calder Memorial Trophy: Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers star rookie Jonathan Huberdeau took the Calder Memorial Trophy after beating out Chicago's Brandon Saad and Montreal's Brendan Gallagher.
Despite his Panthers finishing last in the NHL with 36 points on the lockout-shortened season, Huberdeau was a bright spot for the team with 14 points and 17 assists in his inaugural campaign. The 20-year-old has been heralded as one of hockey's up-and-coming stars.
He beat out worthy company as Saad has emerged as a big-time contributor during the Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup Final, and Gallagher finished with 28 points and a plus-10 rating on the season.
Ted Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby edged out Alex Ovechkin and Martin St. Louis to take the Ted Lindsay Award on Saturday.
The award, given to the NHL's most outstanding player during the regular season, is Crosby's second of his career. Ovechkin, despite not winning it in 2012-13, has picked up three Lindsay Awards in his career.
Despite only playing in 36 games on the season, Crosby finished with 41 assists, second in the league behind St. Louis' 43. He also finished with a plus-26 rating on the year and led the Penguins to the Eastern Conference Final.
Vezina Trophy: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
After an epic turnaround season, Blue Jackets' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky took home the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy awarded to the league's best netminder.
It wasn't even close, as NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen pointed out.
Bobrovsky went 21-11-6 on the season for Columbus, who was one of the NHL's worst teams before the lockout-shortened season. They rebounded to nearly make the playoffs, and Bobrovsky was a huge reason why.
After giving up more than three goals per game in Philadelphia last season, Bobrovsky was moved to Columbus and it produced major results, as he finished the season with a 2.00 goals against average.
Bobrovsky finished ahead of finalists Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.
James Norris Memorial Trophy: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban took the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman after leading his Montreal team to the playoffs in 2012-13.
He tied atop defenseman with finalist Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, both of whom notched 38 points on the year. But it was Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter who nearly took the Norris from Subban, as Dan Rosen of NHL.com tells us.
Subban staked his claim this season as one of the NHL's premier blue-liners, and he did so by suffocating opposing forwards all season with his strong frame. He also got in on the scoring end of things, notching 11 goals and 27 assists to go along with a plus-12 rating.
Hart Memorial Trophy: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Ovechkin was edged out by Crosby for the Lindsay Trophy, but he got the one that counts most by taking the Hart Memorial Trophy given to the league's MVP.
The Russian notched his third Hart Trophy in the 48-game season, after winning two consecutive times in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Crosby was gunning for his second Hart, before being barely edged out. It was quite close, as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun points out with a stunning stat.
The darkhorse candidate was John Tavares of the New York Islanders. The 22-year-old is nowhere near his prime, but put together a breakout season with 47 points and 28 goals.
Perhaps Crosby would've had a better shot if he hadn't missed 12 games, but Ovechkin's NHL-leading 32 regular season goals didn't help his cause.
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