The announcement of the 2014 NHL Awards took place on Tuesday night, and some of the biggest names in hockey were acknowledged for the outstanding performances they put forth during the course of the 2013-14 regular season.
While many fans will talk about NHL poster boy and Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby, there were several other players like Duncan Keith and Tuukka Rask who also made a splash by winning major awards.
Here are the complete results from the 2014 NHL Awards and the biggest winners of the night.
|Hart Memorial Trophy||Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy||Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)|
|Vezina Trophy||Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins)|
|Jack Adams Award||Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche)|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||Dominic Moore (New York Rangers)|
|Calder Memorial Trophy||Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy||Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy||Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche)|
|Ted Lindsay Award||Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
|Mark Messier Leadership Award||Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings)|
|NHL Foundation Player Award||Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)|
|NHL General Manager of the Year Award||Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)|
Duncan Keith, James Norris Memorial Trophy
The 2014 NHL Awards featured the presentation of the James Norris Memorial Trophy to the best defenseman in the league, and Chicago Blackhawks veteran Duncan Keith won the award for the second time in his career (first came in 2010).
In 79 regular-season games last year, Keith racked up six goals and 55 assists, as well as an impressive plus/minus of plus-22. With 21 of those points on the power play and four coming shorthanded, Keith is a star in every facet of the game.
Even with all of the praise being heaped onto Keith, the veteran defender gave credit to his teammates, the organization and the sport of hockey during his acceptance speech, via NHL.com:
What means the most to me is to be part of an organization that treats its players so well and I think when you have that team success with great teammates everyone looks better individually. You look at the L.A. Kings winning this year; it's a team game. There is no one guy that is above the team. I think that is what makes it such a special sport.
As if adding modesty to his arsenal of talents wasn’t enough, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune shared a fact on Twitter that puts Keith on a level all his own:
#Blackhawks' Duncan Keith becomes the NHL's only active defenseman with multiple Norris Trophy wins.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 25, 2014
While the 61 points Keith racked up this season were impressive, he is also one of the best shutdown defenders in the NHL. He averaged 24:39 minutes per game this season and stepped up in the postseason with 27:49 minutes per game.
Add in the fact that Keith is one of the true leaders of this team on and off the ice, and there is no doubt that he will be contending for the Norris Trophy annually for a long time.
Tuukka Rask, Vezina Trophy
In Tuukka Rask’s first full season as the Boston Bruins' primary weapon in net (at least 50 starts), the Finnish netminder stole the show and racked up an incredible 36 wins, a 2.04 goals-against average, a .930 save percentage and seven shutouts.
With none of the other challengers coming close to his numbers or sheer dominance in net, Rask walked away with the Vezina Award for best netminder in the league, beating second-place finisher Semyon Varlamov by 13 points.
Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reveals the sheer dominance of Boston in net recently:
That's the third Vezina for the Bruins in the last six seasons.— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) June 25, 2014
Former Bruins starter Tim Thomas was getting older and the franchise made the correct decision moving on. Rask is clearly the best goaltender in the NHL today, and the future for the Bruins is very bright as long as they ensure the 27-year-old stays under contract in Boston for a long time.
Winning the Vezina Trophy should have Rask brimming with confidence. The award should help make up for the early exit in the postseason from the Bruins and act as motivation for the entire team to play better in front of their goalie next season.
*Stats via NHL.com