Today the winners of the 2013 NHL Awards were announced. Unfortunately New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist did not nab his second straight Vezina Trophy. Hank was the only Ranger who was a finalist for any of the awards this year.
In my opinion there are a few surprises this year and one or two winners that are almost even controversial but that could just be me. With that said let's jump into it and see this year's award winners.
(Information and descriptions of the trophies/awards from NHL.com.)
CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY
The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs.
Finalists: Jonathan Huberdeau, Brandon Saad, Brendan Gallagher
Winner: Jonathan Huberdeau
TED LINDSAY AWARD
The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "most outstanding player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Finalists: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Martin St. Louis
Winner: Sidney Crosby
The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs.
Finalists: Henrik Lundqvist, Sergei Bobrovsky, Antti Niemi
Winner: Sergei Bobrovsky
JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY
The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.
Finalists: P.K. Subban, Ryan Suter, Kris Letang
Winner: P.K. Subban
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY
The Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in all NHL cities at the end of the regular season
Finalists: Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, John Tavares
Winner: Alex Ovechkin
FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY
The Frank J. Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
Finalists: Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Pavel Datsyuk
Winner: Jonathan Toews
JACK ADAMS AWARD
The Jack Adams Award is an annual award presented by the National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association to the NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team's success.
Finalists: Paul MacLean (OTT), Joel Quenneville (CHI), Bruce Boudreau (ANA)
Winner: Paul MacLean
GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
An annual award presented to recognize the work of the league’s general managers, voting for this new award is conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.
Finalists: Ray Shero (PIT), Marc Bergevin (MTL), Bob Murray (ANA)
Winner: Ray Shero
LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Finalists: Martin St. Louis, Patrick Kane, Matt Moulson
Winner: Martin St. Louis
NHL FOUNDATION PLAYER AWARD
The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community".
Winner: Henrik Zetterberg
KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Winner: Patrice Bergeron
BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
Finalists: Josh Harding, Sidney Crosby, Adam McQuaid
Winner: Josh Harding
BRIDGESTONE MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone has been awarded since 2006-07 and is awarded "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season."
Finalists: Daniel Alfredsson, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Toews
Winner: Daniel Alfredsson
MAURICE RICHARD TROPHY
The Maurice Richard Trophy is an annual award given to the National Hockey League's top goal scorer by the NHL Board of Governors. The winner(s) are determined based on regular-season play.
Winner: Alex Ovechkin 32 goals
Second Place: Steven Stamkos 29 goals
Third Place: John Tavares 28 goals
ART ROSS TROPHY
The Art Ross Trophy is an annual award given to the player who leads the National Hockey League in scoring points at the end of the regular season.
Winner: Martin St. Louis
WILLIAM M. JENNINGS TROPHY
The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Winners are selected based on regular-season play.
Winner(s): Ray Emery and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks
Well guys and gals, those are this years winners! What do you guys think? Are the right people bringing home something to put on the fireplace or is there room for some debate? How amazing is the Josh Harding story? Let me know what you think in the comments section.
Let's go Rangers.
Note: I am sure we are going to take a more in-depth look at why Hank didn't (or maybe should have) won the Vezina at some point but for now I just wanted to give you guys a place to discuss the award winners.