Draisaitl Leads The Pack At Virtual 2020 NHL Awards


The National Hockey League completed its awards distribution for the pandemic-delayed 2019-20 season with the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals in Edmonton, with twelve IHLC holders representing nine countries taking home trophies handed out over the past month.

With the Conn Smythe Trophy going to Victor Hedman, the sixteenth and final NHL award was given out, after all other trophies were awarded virtually at the start of the Conference Finals, beginning on 06 September. Leon Draisaitl was the big winner, with the Edmonton Oilers forward taking home the trio of the Hart, Ted Lindsay and Art Ross Trophies, becoming the first German-trained player to win a major NHL award. Draisaitl also becomes the twelfth player in NHL history, and third Oiler (after Wayne Gretzky and teammate Connor McDavid) to win the Hart, Ross and Lindsay in the same season.

Only two winners repeated in 2020, that being Ovechkin (his record ninth Rocket Richard) and Halรกk (his second Jennings), while Hedman, Rask, MacKinnon and Giordano took home their first trophies in their respective categories. Eight players (Draisaitl, Pastrลˆรกk, Dumba, Ryan, Couturier, Josi, Hellebuyck and Makar) and two staff (Cassidy and Lamoriello) had the distinction of winning their first individual trophies of any kind in the NHL.

The NHL Award winners and nominees for the 2019-20 season (with winners in bold and an asterisk denoting former IHLC holders) are as follows:

Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Leon Draisaitl (Oilers)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nathan MacKinnonย (Avalanche)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Artemi Panarin (Rangers)*

Ted Lindsay Award (MVP Voted By Players)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Leon Draisaitl (Oilers)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nathan MacKinnonย (Avalanche)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Artemi Panarin (Rangers)*

Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Connor Hellebuyck (Jets)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Tuukka Rask (Bruins)*
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Andrei Vasilevski (Lightning)*

James Norris Memorial Trophy (Top Defenceman)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ John Carlsonย (Capitals)*
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Victor Hedman (Lightning)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Roman Josi (Predators)*

Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie Of The Year)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Quinn Hughesย (Canucks)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Dominik Kubalรญk (Blackhawks)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Cale Makar (Avalanche)*

Mark Messier Leadership Award (Top Leader)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Mark Giordano (Flames)*

Jim Gregory Award (General Manager Of The Year)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Julien BriseBois (Lightning)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lou Lamoriello (Islanders)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jim Nill (Stars)

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Conduct)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nathan MacKinnonย (Avalanche)*
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ryan O’Reilly (Blues)*

Frank J. Selke Trophy (Top Defensive Forward)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Patrice Bergeron (Bruins)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Sean Couturier (Flyers)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ryan O’Reilly (Blues)*

Jack Adams Award (Coach Of The Year)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bruce Cassidy (Bruins)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ John Tortorella (Blue Jackets)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alain Vigneault (Flyers)*

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (Perseverance & Dedication)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Stephen Johns (Stars)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Oskar Lindblom (Flyers)*
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Bobby Ryan (Senators)*

King Clancy Memorial Trophy (On & Off-Ice Leadership)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Matt Dumba (Wild)*
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ P.K. Subban (Devils)*

A few trophiesย 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)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Victor Hedman (Lightning)*

Art Ross Trophy (Most Points, Season)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Leon Draisaitlย (Oilers)

Rocket Richard Trophy (Most Goals, Season)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals)*
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ David Pastrลˆรกkย (Bruins)*

William M. Jennings Trophy (Least Goals Against, Season)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย Jaroslav Halรกk (Bruins)*
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Tuukka Rask (Bruins)*

Photo Credit: Bauerย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC

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