Nikita Kucherov Highlights Winners At 2019 NHL Awards


The National Hockey League handed out its hardware to the best players in the world for the 2018-19 season in Las Vegas, with eleven IHLC holders representing six countries taking home trophies.

Kucherov, coming off a record 128-point season, took home the Hart, Ted Lindsay and Art Ross Trophies as League MVP, MVP Voted By Players and Top Scorer, respectively, becoming the first Lightning player since Martin St-Louis to win the League’s MVP. Kucherov’s teammate and fellow countryman Andrei Vasilevski took home the Vezina Trophy as Top Goaltender, with the Lightning’s only loss coming to coach Jon Cooper, who lost out on the Jack Adams Award to Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders.

Every other award winner, short of perennial Rocket Richard Award winner Alex Ovechkin, captured their trophies for the first time, including Mark Giordano (Norris), Elias Petterson (Calder), Aleksander Barkov (Lady Byng), Ryan O’Reilly (Selke and Conn Smythe), Robin Lehner (Jennings and Masterton), Thomas Greiss (Jennings), Wayne Simmonds (Messier), Don Sweeney (GM) and Jason Zucker (Clancy).

The NHL Award winners and nominees for the 2018-19 season (with winners in bold and an asterisk denoting former IHLC holders) are as follows:

Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP)
🇨🇦 Sidney Crosby (Penguins)*
🇷🇺 Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)
🇨🇦 Connor McDavid (Oilers)*

Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender)
🇺🇸 Ben Bishop (Stars)*
🇸🇪 Robin Lehner (Islanders)*
🇷🇺 Andrei Vasilevski (Lightning)*

James Norris Memorial Trophy (Top Defenceman)
🇨🇦 Brent Burns (Sharks)*
🇨🇦 Mark Giordano (Flames)*
🇸🇪 Victor Hedman (Lightning)*

Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie Of The Year)
🇨🇦 Jordan Binnington (Blues)
🇸🇪 Rasmus Dahlin (Sabres)*
🇸🇪 Elias Pettersson (Canucks)*

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Conduct)
🇫🇮 Aleksander Barkov (Panthers)*
🇨🇦 Sean Monahan (Flames)*
🇨🇦 Ryan O’Reilly (Blues)*

Frank J. Selke Trophy (Top Defensive Forward)
🇨🇦 Patrice Bergeron (Bruins)*
🇨🇦 Ryan O’Reilly (Blues)*
🇨🇦 Mark Stone (Golden Knights)*

Jack Adams Award (Coach Of The Year)
🇨🇦 Craig Berube (Blues)
🇨🇦 Jon Cooper (Lightning)*
🇨🇦 Barry Trotz (Islanders)*

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (Perseverance & Dedication)
🇺🇸 Nick Foligno (Blue Jackets)
🇸🇪 Robin Lehner (Islanders)*
🇨🇦 Joe Thornton (Sharks)*

Ted Lindsay Award (MVP Voted By Players)
🇺🇸 Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)*
🇷🇺 Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)
🇨🇦 Connor McDavid (Oilers)*

Mark Messier Leadership Award (Top Leader)
🇨🇦 Mark Giordano (Flames)*
🇨🇦 Wayne Simmonds (Predators)*
🇨🇦 Justin Williams (Hurricanes)*

General Manager Of The Year
🇨🇦 Doug Armstrong (Blues)*
🇨🇦 Don Sweeney (Bruins)*
🇺🇸 Don Waddell (Hurricanes)*

King Clancy Memorial Trophy (On & Off-Ice Leadership)
🇸🇪 Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Coyotes)*
🇸🇪 Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)*
🇺🇸 Jason Zucker (Wild)*

A few trophies for the evening were already pre-determined, whether based purely on seasonal statistics, or in the case of the Conn Smythe Trophy, being awarded at the conclusion of the NHL playoffs.

Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP)
🇨🇦 Ryan O’Reilly (Blues)*

Art Ross Trophy (Most Points, Season)
🇷🇺 Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)

Rocket Richard Trophy (Most Goals, Season)
🇷🇺 Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals)*

William M. Jennings Trophy (Least Goals Against, Season)
🇩🇪 Thomas Greiss (Islanders)
🇸🇪 Robin Lehner
(Islanders)*

Photo Credit: Def Pen Sports – IIHFHHOFIOC

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