By Navin Vaswani – The Score
The league handed out its annual hardware Wednesday night, and here’s a rundown of who won what:
The kid’s alright.
McDavid scored an awards hat trick Wednesday (he officially collected his Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer), capping off his stellar night by winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. He’s 20 years old.
Bobrovsky won his second career Vezina Trophy, punctuating a remarkable season for both the 28-year-old and his Columbus Blue Jackets. The goaltender was emotional in victory, noting his return from groin injuries that threatened to derail his career for good.
Burns has his Norris Trophy. The San Jose Sharks defenseman edged Erik Karlsson for the award, his first, after posting career highs across the board.
For the first time in basically forever, a member of the Maple Leafs won an NHL award, with Matthews declared the league’s top rookie. He scored 40 goals and Toronto made the playoffs.
Anderson had one hell of a year. His wife Nicholle was diagnosed with cancer in the fall, resulting in the goaltender taking multiple leaves of absence from the Ottawa Senators. The club rallied around its goaltender and his wife, though, and the Sens’ deep run into the playoffs was one of the more special stories of the season.
Even better, Nicholle was in attendance in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, cancer-free.
Bergeron won his fourth Selke Trophy on Wednesday, tying legend Bob Gainey for the most all time. Bergeron took the honor for the third time in four years. It’s his until it isn’t.
The man affectionately known as “Torts” won his second career Jack Adams Trophy, and he deflected praise thrown his way, saying he was glad his Blue Jackets were recognized for their incredible regular season.
McDavid’s peers know he’s the man. The Oilers captain took home most outstanding honors, as voted by the NHLPA.
Poile’s Nashville Predators fell two wins shy of the Stanley Cup, but the general manager was rewarded for how far his team has come.
Calgary Flames superstar Gaudreau took home his first NHL trophy, the Lady Byng. He finished fourth in voting last season.