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NHL Awards explained

Someone asked me to go through each Award given at the NHL awards and explain how they’re given and what they’re for so instead of answering an ask I decided to make a separate post.

All these awards are based on the regular season only and votes are cast before the playoffs even begin.

Hart Memorial Trophy

This is the leading lady of the NHL Awards. The Hart Memorial Trophy is in essence the MVP award. It was first awarded in 1924 and is voted on by the Hockey Writers Association. Each member of this association votes for a first, second, and third place winner and they are all added up with first place votes weighing more then third and so on. This association votes on most of the awards. It officialy goes to the player most valuable to their team and does not necessarily go to the best player in the league, although most of the time it does.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

This trophy basically goes to the most gentlemanly player in the league. Imagine playing a sport know for being so rude you award players who are nice. It was donated to the lead by Lady Byng of Vimy in the 1920′s. Anze Kopitar is the current holder of the award, and like a lot of awards the winner is chosen by the Hockey Writers Association. A lot of the time it goes to a player with the highest playing ability matched with the lowest penalty box score. Usually theyre a top 6 forward on a team and some only go to the penalty box once or twice all season.

Vezina Trophy

This is another big ticket, the Vezina trophy is the MVP but for goalies. Goalies can still win the Hart, Carey Price for instance one both in a single year. The trophy is named after a goaltender for the montreal canadiens who played for the club from 1910-1925. It was first awarded in 1927 and the current holder is Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals. It’s generally used as a good measure to how good a goaltender is, which may sound weird to clarify but a lot of these awards don’t measure what they  say they do according to critics. However, the Vezina is pretty straight forward. 

Calder Memorial Trophy

the Calder is another headliner at the NHL Awards because it’s the MVP for rookies. It is named after Frank Calder who was the first ever president for the NHL. The Oldest ever player to win the calder was 31 years old, as he played in the KHL for most of the career before playing his rookie season in the NHL. After that they changed the rules so only rookie players under 26 as of September 15th of that year, could win the calder. This is also voted on by the Hockey Writers Association.

Art Ross Trophy

This one is different because this is not a trophy that is voted on it’s earned. The Art Ross Trophy goes to the player with the most points at the end of the season. It was donated to the league by Art Ross who was a GM and coach for the Boston Bruins until the mid 50′s.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

this is one that I personally don’t really like. The Norris trophy is supposed to be a sort of MVP for defensemen but it doesn’t really measure good defensemen it measures defensemen who score a lot. A lot of people would tell you that a defenders job is not to be a forward. It was named after James Norris who was the owner of the red wings from the 30′s to 1952. Bobby Orr won the award 8 straight seasons. The winner is chosen by the Hockey Writers Association.

Bill Masterton Trophy

This trophy is awarded to the player who shows the most perseverance and dedication to hockey. This trophy tends to start a lot of controversy because people like to think it’s the award that goes to the player who was closer to dying. They obviously do not see how terrible it is to award a player for almost dying. But that’s another conversation. It was named after Bill Masterton, a North Stars player who died after he sustained an injury in a hockey game. The trophy has been around since the 60′s. The winner is chosen by the Hockey Writers Association.

Ted Lindsay Award

This is a unique one, and it’s usually paired with the Hart trophy but not always. Basically it’s another MVP award except the big difference is that this award is voted on by the NHLPA, basically the players vote on the MVP. It was called the Lester B Pearson award but in 2010 they renamed it after Red Wings great Ted Lindsay.

 Jack Adams Award

The Jack Adams is another award I don’t like much. It’s awarded to the best coach at the end of the regular season. But it usually ends up being the coach that over-preformed or a coach of a team that over-preformed. For me it’s usually the “wow we didn’t think your team would be this good” award. Usually the team that wins it baffles us so much that it could only be the coach. This though means coaches like Quenneville only won it once,a nd he was with the Blues at the time. Other coaches like Alain Vigneault have never won it after leading his team to the President’s trophy and now rehauling the New York Rangers. instead it goes to guys like John Tortorella, who was being paid not to coach the canucks for a bit. And Dan Bylsma who was fired from the team he won it with because of how poorly the team was preforming. My favorite was Patrick Roy, who won it in 2014 and 2 years later quit because he was doing nothing. Basically, in my opinion, it’s like another Vezina trophy except the goalie gets no credit. The only time it really semed to actually go to the best coach recently was this past winner was Barry Trotz.

Frank J Selke Trophy

I like to call this trophy the Bergy because he’s won it 3 times and has been nominated almost every other year he’s been eligible for it. This award, like most of them, is voted on by the Hockey Writers Association. It goes to the best two-way forward. Basically a high scoring player who is also defensively inclined. Players usually up for this award are like Bergeron, Toews, Kopitar, last year there was also Ryan Kesler ect. Basically the guys who aren’t high scorers but big names anyway on their team. It’s been awarded since about 1977

William M Jennings Trophy

This is another award that is based on stats and is therefore earned differently than the other ones. This trophy goes to the best goalie tandem, or the goalies of the team with the best goal for.  As in if your team lets in the least amount of goals during a season both goalies will receive this award. It’s a little goofy in my opinion because goal differential is a team stat but i like the idea of multiple goalie awards.

King Clancy Memorial Trophy

This award is awarded to the player who exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and has made a humanitarian contribution to their community. This usually goes to players who have some sort of leadership place on their team whether with an A or a C but who also is known for charity and programs for their community. It’s one of the two Charity awards. It is voted on by the Hockey Writers Association.

NHL Foundation Player Award

This award is the other charity award. Basically this award goes to the player who applies the “values of hockey to enrich their community.” The winner of this award gets a 25,000 check donated to a charity of their choice from the NHL.

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy

Soon their going to change this one to the Alex Ovechkin trophy, just kidding kind of not really. Anyway this one is another one based on stats. the Rocket Richard Trophy is awarded to the highest goal scorer that year. This is just based on goals and not on points total like the Art Ross is. Rocket Richard was the first ever NHL player to hit 50 goals in a single season and he’s an iconic Montreal Canadiens player. The Habs donated this award to the league in 1998 and it was first awarded in 1999 to Teemu Selanne. And I joked a little at the beginning but Ovechkin has a record 6 Rockey Richard trophies

Mark Messier Leadership Award

This is a unique award because the winner for this award is chosen by Mark Messier himself, who also awards it personally to the winner on stage. The winner of the Messier Leadership Award is usually a captain who best shows leadership skills on and off the ice for his team.

The NHL General Manager Award

This one is pretty self explanatory. IT is awarded to the best general manager of the year. It has been awarded since 2010 and has not been given to someone more than once. the winner is chosen by a panel of all the general manages, a few executives and a few media members. 

anonymous asked:

Can u make a Tyler Seguin imagine where u have a lil girl and her and Tyler have a cute moment together

You can barely hear yourself think, it’s so loud in here. The Stars are up 5-2, they’re going to clinch a playoff spot, and Tyler Seguin just picked up the hat trick for his 57th goal of the season. Jesus Christ, Rocket Richard Trophy, here he comes. 

You think you’re probably the most excited excited person in the arena, but then you look to your right, at that little face—there’s so much joy in her eyes, she can’t stop jumping up and down. I mean, she threw her favorite hat down there for him, the one with the 91 on each side. 

You pick her up in your arms so she can see the ice more clearly. “Wooooo, go Tyler!” She screams. “Can we meet him, mommy? Please?” She asks, turning her attention to you, looking at you with those big, blue eyes that are genuinely impossible to say no to. 

“Of course we can, sweetie,” You say, noncommittally. 

“But now! I want to meet him, please! To say ‘congratulations!’” She whines, and you’re at a loss because you know how expensive those meet and greets are, and you already spent more than you probably should have on these tickets. 

Before you can think of anything to say, someone in black and green, Dallas Stars attire taps your shoulder. “Hi, we couldn’t help but notice how enthusiastic this little angel is!” The lady says, gesturing to Avery, who’s thankfully back to cheering as loud as she possibly can for Segs. 

You smile. “Yeah, she’s really excited for Tyler. She’s his biggest fan!” I say, jostling her a little in my arms to get her attention. 

Avery turns to the lady and adds, with a huge smile, “He’s my favorite! Can I meet him? Please?!” 

You’re about to interject and say something about how this lady probably has no control over that, but she cuts in, “Why, yes, yes you can! We know Tyler would love to meet his biggest fan! I’ll be back here after the game to take you back to the locker room. All good with you, mom?” 

Your heart is racing. Avery aside, you love the Stars. They got you into hockey. And yeah, maybe you’re freaking out a little bit because you’re going to meet Tyler Seguin. You. A random twenty-something just trying to make end’s meet in the middle of Dallas. Are going to meet NHL superstar Tyler Seguin. 

“Yes, that’s definitely good with me,” you say breathlessly. The lady smiles at you and then says something about how she’ll be back soon before disappearing into the crowd.


You’re holding Avery’s hand as the lady, Natalie, leads you through the underground tunnels of the American Airlines Center. Both of your palms are clammy now, and like, you really don’t want to shake Seguin’s hand like this, so you wipe them on the back of your jeans. 

Avery looks like she’s about to explode with jubilance. This is what you love about her so much. You’re halfway to running back to the car and pretending this never happened, you’re that nervous. She looks completely at ease with the fact that she’s about to meet her favorite athlete. The only thing keeping you from saying that this is probably a bad idea is that huge grin on her face, her toothy smile that’s practically illuminating the dim hallway. 

She and Natalie are talking about the game, Aves telling her how she particularly liked Tyler’s second goal of the game because “Jamie assisted on it!!! Did you see?!?!?” 

“You’ve got quite the knowledgable hockey fan for a daughter,” Natalie says to you, and you laugh. 

“You should hear her scold the refs when there’s a bad penalty call. Savage.” 

Natalie leads you and Avery around one last corner, and then there’s the door to the locker room, and wow, this is actually happening. “Wait here,” she says and then slips past the door. 

“Do you think he’ll like me?” Avery asks me quietly, genuine concern filling up her irises. 

“Of course he will, baby,” You say, placing a kiss to her forehead. “You’re his biggest fan, he’ll love you.” 

The door creaks open, someone comes out, and yep, that’s Tyler Seguin. 

“Hi, Avery!” He says enthusiastically, immediately kneeling down so he’s at her eye level. “I heard you were my biggest fan, so I had to meet you.” 

Avery’s face splits into this five billion watt smile, and your heart is hurting because everything about this situation is unbearably cute. “Yeah! How’d you know?!” 

“Your mom told me!” Tyler explains, and you raise your eyebrows at him. He stands up to greet you. “Hi, it’s nice to finally meet you. I’m Tyler. Thanks for letting me know about Avery.” 

“No problem, Tyler,” you reply, halfway to laughing. “I’m (Y/N).” 

“That’s a really pretty name,” Tyler says through a grin, and what is even happening right now? “So, Avery, how would you like to go for a skate with me?” 

“Yes!” Avery’s jumping up and down again, and you get it. He’s definitely the kind of guy you want to jump up and down for. “Mommy, can I please?” 

“Of course, baby, as long as you’re careful!” 

“Of course your mom has to come too, right, Avery? She can play goalie, eh?” 

“Yes! Yes! Mommy can be goalie!” Avery exclaims, tugging on my arm, and okay, as long as Tyler doesn’t use his slapshot, you can get on board with this. 

You squint at him. “No one-timers, okay? From either of you.” 

Tyler winks at me. “No promises!” He says and that makes Avery crack up. He takes her hand and starts walking toward, you assume, ice-level. They’re talking about the game, Avery offering him her analysis on what she thinks he can do better. 

“That’s a great point, Avery,” he says, all genuine and interested. “I think Jamie should pass to me more often as well. He should know I’ve got a better shot, eh?” 

When you get to the ice, Natalie is waiting there with a few different pairs of skates in hand. Tyler lets Avery pick whichever pair she wants, saying she can keep them, and then ties her skates for her, her little foot resting on his knee. You can’t help but smile like an idiot at what your life is like right now. Like, who’d have thought?

Later, while Natalie is teaching Avery how to skate backwards, Tyler slides up next to you and asks how you’re doing, how you’re liking everything. 

“It’s great,” you say earnestly. “Thank you so much for doing this, Tyler. It’s been a rough couple of months, and honestly, you just made her year. I can’t really thank you enough.” 

“It’s no problem,” he replies, smiling softly. “Really, I’m happy to do this. She’s adorable, and she’s got so much enthusiasm for the game. Have you ever thought about her joining a team or getting lessons?” 

You shrug, looking on as Natalie and Avery are laughing as they give an imaginary goalie a snow shower. “I wish I could, but hockey is expensive, you know? I mean, not for you, of course, but like…” You trail off embarrassedly, and Tyler nods at you. 

“Don’t worry, I completely understand.” He looks down and casually plays with a puck for a few moments. “But how about me? I mean, I could give her lessons?”

Your eyes widen. “What? You’d really do that?” 

“Yeah,” he goes on, shaking his head enthusiastically. “I mean, she just reminds me of what it’s all about. That’s cheesy as fuck, I’m sorry. But that’s why I love this game,” he says, gesturing to Avery as she fumbles with a stick that’s definitely way too big for her. “And, I mean, aside from hockey, I’d love to see you…you guys again.” 

You smile. That would definitely be good with you. “Yeah, I’d— we’d love to see you again too.”

Hey girl, meet the NHL’s 2014-15 goal scoring leader. This is Ovi’s 5th career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. #Ovechkin 🏆

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