KHL Closing Ceremony Awards KHL’s Best, IHLC Winners


The KHL formally closed their tenth season tonight in Moscow with their annual Closing Ceremony, awarding the league’s top teams, players and executives for their performance this year, with finalists SKA Saint Petersburg and Ak Bars Kazan drawing in the biggest haul and thirteen IHLC winners taking home trophies.

Nikita Gusev won the biggest haul of the night, winning the league’s MVP and Gentlemanly Awards, in addition to being named to the league All-Star Team. Gusev’s teammates also came out handsomely, with Ilya Kovalchuk winning Top Scorer and Pavel Datsyuk winning the Services To Hockey Award.ย League champions Ak Bars Kazan saw titles for Best Coach and Manager go to Zinetula Bilyaletdinov and Nail Maganov, respectively, while Justin Azevedo was awarded Playoff MVP. Winners from seven nations were represented, and four members of the Olympic Athletes From Russia Olympic Gold Medal squad (Gusev, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk and Bogdan Kiselevich) took home hardware.

In addition, a surprise appearance from IIHF President Renรฉ Fasel awarded the first “Sirius Award,” to the first player to ever add the Gagarin Cup to his Triple Gold Club membership – Pavel Datsyuk.ย “The Magic Man,” who joined the Triple Gold Club this February as a result of his Olympic Gold, won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002, World Championship in 2012 and Gagarin Cup with SKA Saint Petersburg in 2017, giving him the distinction of being the first to hold all four titles. Russia should hope Datsyuk will hang around until the 2020 World Cup Of Hockey to make his quadruple title a quintuple!

The KHLย Award Trophy winners for the 2017-18 season (with winners in bold and an asterisk denoting former IHLC holders) are as follows:

Golden Stickย (League MVP)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikita Gusev (SKA)*

Top Scorer
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ilya Kovalchukย (SKA)*

Top Sniper (Most Goals)
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Nigel Dawesย (Barys)

Top Scoring Defenceman
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Philip Larsen (Salavat Yulaev)*

Goalie Of The Year
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Pavel Francouz (Traktor)*

Best Plus / Minus
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maxim Shalunovย (CSKA)*

Best Troika (Highest Scoring Line)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Teemu Hartikainen, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย Joonas Kemppainen & ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย Linus Omark (Salavat Yulaev)*

Alexei Cherepanov Award (Top Rookie)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Vitali Kravtsovย (Traktor)

Gentleman On Ice (Sportsmanship & Performance)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikita Gusevย (SKA)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Yegor Martynov (Avangard)

Services To Hockey (Best Hockey Ambassador)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Pavel Datsyuk (SKA)*

Iron Man Award (Most Games Played)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Yegveni Timkin (Metallurg)

Best Coach
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Ak Bars)*

Valentin Sych Award (Best Manager)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nail Maganov (Ak Bars)

Playoff MVP
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Justin Azevedo (Ak Bars)

WHL Player Of The Year (Best Female Player)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Olga Sosina (Agidel)

Golden Helmet (KHL All-Star Team)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Justin Azevedo (Ak Bars)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Pavel Francouz (Traktor)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikita Gusev (SKA)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Dmitri Kagarlitski (Severstal)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Bogdan Kiselevich (CSKA)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikita Tryamkin (Avtomobilist)*

Photo Credit: KHL Twitter โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC

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