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The NHL Awards: What You Missed

Sarah Sotoodeh |
June 24, 2011 | 9:08 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

They might receive mini-player trophies, but hockey's finest turned out for the NHL awards. (RifLac via Creative Commons)
They might receive mini-player trophies, but hockey's finest turned out for the NHL awards. (RifLac via Creative Commons)
Hockey players invaded Las Vegas for the annual NHL Awards on June 22, hosted by comedian Jay Mohr at the Palms Resort.  The awards brought Hollywood stars, reality TV housewives and legendary hockey players together to celebrate the great sport of hockey.

-Jay Mohr opened the show with a video short of him as a player in the Penguins and Capitals locker room and a few friendly jabs at Canada. 

-After the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, there were riots in Vancouver where fans set cars on fire and police tear-gassing the rioters.  Mohr described the riots as “an un-Canadian way to behave.”  “Canadians are supposed to be mellow,” he joked. He also took a jab at the New York Islanders by suggesting that the 100 people the Vancouver police arrested be sent to watch the Islanders play (instead of to a Vancouver prison) in order to double the attendance at Islanders rink.

-Celebs including Jon Hamm, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kevin Smith, David Henrie, Jason Reitman and Jennifer Beals were presenters at the awards show.

-Country Star Dierks Bentley performed his single “Am I the Only One,” which was one of the official songs of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.

-Far East Movement sang their new song “If I Was You (OMG).”

-An unintentional funny moment occurred when Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof mispronounced Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner Martin St. Louis as “Martin St. Lou-is” instead of pronouncing it correctly as “Lou-ie.”

-Cameras also cut to Ryan Kesler’s face as Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara thanked loyal Boston Bruins fans as they stood by their Stanley Cup.  Kesler didn’t look happy—only uncomfortable.

-Steven Stamkos, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was announced as the cover athlete for EA NHL’12 during the show.

-Anaheim Ducks teammates Bobby Ryan and captain Ryan Getzlaf starred in a video short during the show.  Ryan (part of the American team that won silver in the 2010 Olympics) and Getzlaf (part of the Canadian team that won gold in the 2010 Olympics) played up the US vs. Canada rivalry with guest appearances by Corey Perry and legend Scott Niedermayer.

-Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry took home the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the most valuable player, and the Maurice Richard Trophy for most goals.

-Tim Thomas received the Vezina Trophy for most outstanding goalkeeper.

-The Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) went to Ryan Kesler.

-The US army came down by rope to present Doug Weight with the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who showed leadership on and off the ice.

-Hockey hall of famer Luc Robitaille helped present the Masterton Memorial Trophy to Ian Laperriere.  The award is given to the player who showed dedication and perseverance.

-La Kings captain Dustin Brown was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award for his charitable work.

-Nicklas Lidstrom received the Norris Memorial Trophy for outstanding defenseman, an award he has won seven times.

-Zdeno Chara was awarded the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

-The Jack Adams Award for coach of the year went to Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

-Jeremy Roenick helped present Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner with the Calder Memorial Trophy (for rookie of the year).

-Vancouver’s general manager Mike Gillis received the GM of the Year while Canucks forward Daniel Sedin was awarded the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP voted by the players) and the Art Ross Trophy for most points (he had 104 points).

-Canucks’ goalkeepers Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider received the Jennings Trophy (for the goaltenders who allowed the fewest goals).

-The two-hour show gave hockey fans another chance to see their favorite players while in off-season. 

Here's to hockey! Until next season!


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