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NHL Awards: Blues’ star Tarasenko graces the cover of NHL 17

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Vladimir Tarasenko scored a career-high 40 goals during the regular season, as a star with the St. Louis Blues. And now, he’s on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 17, which is set to be released Sept. 13.

More than six million votes were cast on Twitter and NHL.com, as Tarasenko beat out Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) and Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) in the voting competition.

“It’s an incredible honor to represent my teammates and all the Blues fans around the world on the cover this year,” said Tarasenko, as per the Blues’ website. “As a player, it’s a big deal to be fan selected for something like the Cover Vote, and I’m excited to be involved in the game this year.”

Weber takes Messier Leadership Award

Shea Weber beat out Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and John Tavares (New York Islanders) for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which honors players for their on-ice leadership and contributions within the community.

Henrik Sedin captures the King Clancy Trophy

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was named the winner of the King Clancy Trophy for the first time in his NHL career.

The award recognizes leadership on and off the ice as well as humanitarian contributions in the community.

Henrik and twin brother Daniel Sedin are not only the Canucks franchise leaders in numerous categories — including games played, goals and points — but they are heavily active in the community, giving back to causes like BC Children’s Hospital.

From Canucks.com:

Most significantly, Henrik alongside his wife, brother Daniel and sister-in-law, made a joint $1.5 million donation to help build a brand new BC Children’s Hospital in 2010.

Flames’ Giordano receives NHL Foundation Player Award

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award for 2015-16, “recognizing an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

Matt Martin (New York Islanders) and P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) were also finalists for the award.

The NHL Foundation will now present $25,000 to a charitable organization of Giordano’s choice. As per a release from the league, Giordano has selected the Calgary Flames Foundation, which lends support to the Calgary School Board and the Team Giordano initiative.

Former teammates Andersen, Gibson win the Jennings

The Anaheim Ducks will go into next season having split the goaltending tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, however the pair was recognized Wednesday for winning the Jennings Trophy.

The Jennings Trophy goes to the goalies having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals against during the regular season.

Andersen and Gibson finished with a league-low of 192 goals-against for the Ducks this season.

However, keeping both goalies for the future simply wasn’t an option for Anaheim.

On Monday, Ducks GM Bob Murray traded Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a first-round pick this year and a second-round pick next year.

‘Hockey is my passion’: Jagr receives Masterton Trophy

At the age of 44, Jaromir Jagr just keeps on going.

Despite his age, Jagr scored 27 goals and 66 points in 79 games for the Florida Panthers this season.

Pascal Dupuis and Mats Zuccarello were also finalists for the award.

Kopitar wins the Lady Byng in addition to the Selke

Anze Kopitar was a two-time winner on Wednesday, as he took the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in addition to the Selke Trophy.

During the regular season, he managed 74 points in 81 games with only 16 penalty minutes.

2015-2016 Lady Byng Trophy Voting, Top 20 Finishers

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Anze Kopitar, LAK 817 (52-25-17-11-4)
2. Aleksander Barkov, FLA 475 (24-21-12-7-7)
3. Loui Eriksson, BOS 388 (10-12-22-27-13)
4. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY 371 (17-19-6-10-8)
5. Ryan O’Reilly, BUF 270 (10-12-11-7-10)
6. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 248 (6-13-9-15-7)
7. Tyler Seguin, DAL 222 (1-11-19-10-10)
8. Patrick Marleau, SJS 200 (9-5-12-2-9)
9. Joe Pavelski, SJS 87 (3-0-4-10-7)
10. Jaromir Jagr, FLA 52 (3-1-2-1-2)
11. Frans Nielsen, NYI 52 (2-0-3-3-8)
12. Matt Cullen, PIT 51 (3-3-0-0-0)
13. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH 50 (0-2-4-4-4)
14. Sean Monahan, CGY 46 (1-1-1-6-6)
15. Jared Spurgeon, MIN 42 (3-0-1-2-1)
16. Sam Reinhart, BUF 38 (0-3-2-1-4)
17. Brandon Saad, CBJ 30 (0-2-1-2-5)
18. Patrick Kane, CHI 29 (1-0-3-0-4)
19. Alexander Wennberg, CBJ 26 (0-1-2-2-3)
20. Joe Thornton, SJS 25 (2-0-0-1-2)

NHL 2015-16 All-Star teams

First All-Star Team

G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
RW Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
LW Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

Second All-Star Team

G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

D Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
D Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
C Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
RW Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

All-Rookie Team

G John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

D Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
D Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues
F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
F Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
F Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks

New Kings captain Anze Kopitar wins Selke Trophy

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There was stiff competition for the Selke Trophy, but in the end, Anze Kopitar garnered more votes for the award than Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler.

Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the Selke Trophy is awarded to the forward who “best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

This season, the 28-year-old Kopitar scored 25 goals and 74 points in 81 regular season games, while averaging almost 21 minutes of ice time as well. He was also dominant at five-on-five, with a Corsi For rating of 57.4 per cent, and 2.98 goals-for per 60 minutes compared to 1.78 goals-against per 60 minutes, as per stats.hockeyanalysis.com.

He was also recently named the new captain of the L.A. Kings.

Bergeron has dominated the Selke landscape, winning the award three of the last four years and being a finalist in five straight years, while Kesler won it back in 2011.

2015-2016 Selke Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Anze Kopitar, LAK 1145 (77-36-20-7-2)
2. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 996 (46-52-27-11-4)
3. Ryan Kesler, ANA 424 (9-20-24-17-23)
4. Jonathan Toews, CHI 409 (5-16-28-29-20)
5. Joe Thornton, SJS 166 (3-3-12-17-4)
6. Aleksander Barkov, FLA 115 (2-5-4-10-10)
7. Sidney Crosby, PIT 73 (2-2-5-4-2)
8. Sean Couturier, PHI 62 (0-1-2-10-15)
9. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 55 (0-3-2-5-9)
10. Filip Forsberg, NSH 51 (2-3-1-1-2)
11. Joe Pavelski, SJS 46 (0-2-4-3-3)
12. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 42 (0-2-4-2-2)
13. Jordan Staal, CAR 32 (0-1-3-2-4)
14. David Backes, STL 32 (0-0-3-4-5)
15. Alexander Steen, STL 27 (0-0-0-7-6)
16. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, OTT 25 (1-0-2-1-2)
17. Frans Nielsen, NYI 24 (2-0-0-1-1)
18. Mark Stone, OTT 22 (1-0-0-3-3)
19. Adam Henrique, NJD 13 (0-1-0-1-3)
20. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 13 (0-0-1-2-2)

Patrick Kane captures Ted Lindsay Award

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Patrick Kane is the winner of the 2016 Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted on by his fellow players.

Kane led the league in the regular season with 106 points (46 goals) and was the only player to reach the 100-point plateau as he capturing the Art Ross Trophy.

He set new single-season career highs with goals and points. In fact, prior to this season, he had hit the 30-goal mark only once in his career.

He beats out Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who finished the season with 48 wins to match the single-season record held by Martin Brodeur, and Dallas captain Jamie Benn, who finished second in the league with 89 points, including 41 goals with the high-flying Stars, for the award.

 

‘You guys had a great run’: Obama congratulates Sullivan on Penguins’ Stanley Cup win

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It’s a busy time in the hockey calendar. General managers and team executives are working the phones, preparing for the upcoming NHL Draft and free agency.

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan had a pretty important phone call on Wednesday — with President Barack Obama.

Pens TV captured the brief conversation between Sullivan and Obama, who called to congratulate the Pittsburgh bench boss on his team’s Stanley Cup championship, the second for the Penguins in the last eight years.

“I started off my presidency with a Penguins Stanley Cup, and I’m now ending it with a Penguins Stanley Cup,” said Obama to Sullivan.

Related: Penguins are 8/1 favorites to win the Stanley Cup next year

Bettman: Quebec City application deferred due to ‘volatility’ of Canadian dollar, ‘geographic imbalance’

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Hockey fans hoping for a return of an NHL franchise to Quebec City will have to wait for another time.

Speaking to reporters as the NHL announced its expansion to Las Vegas, commissioner Gary Bettman said the application of Quebec City has been deferred due to two resounding factors — the “volatility” of the Canadian dollar and “geographical imbalance” between the Eastern and Western Conferences.

This decision doesn’t close the door completely on possible future expansion into Quebec City.

In his opening remarks at Wednesday’s press conference, Bettman praised the passion for hockey in Quebec City, the “suitability” of the Videotron Center and the prospective ownership group Quebecor.

Pierre Dion, CEO of Quebecor, was on hand for the press conference.

“These components, the ones within the control of the Quebec City applicant are first-rate and I want to thank former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Pierre Dion of Quebecor for the thoroughness of their application and their cooperation throughout this process,” said Bettman.

Yeah, but . . .

“The decision to defer, however, was based on elements over which Quebec City . . . had no control whatsoever. Significantly, the fluctuation of the Canadian dollar throughout the process, including its decline to a low of 68 cents this year was a factor,” said Bettman.

“Unfortunately the state and volatility of the Canadian dollar undermined the achievement of that objective relative to the Quebec City. Moreover, the league’s geographic imbalance with 16 teams already in the Eastern Conference and 14 — now to be 15 — teams in the Western Conference undermined the achievement of that objective relative to Quebec City’s application, as well.”

It was interesting, prior to the beginning of the press conference, to see Dion as part of the list of speakers at the podium. But any speculation or curiosity about his attendance was quickly put to rest.

He was gracious in congratulating Bill Foley in getting an NHL team in Las Vegas, but said bringing the Nordiques back is a “priority” for Quebecor.

“As you all know, we love the game. We will continue to work with determination to achieve this goal,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing the discussion with the NHL.”

Later on, Bettman said the expansion team in this process needed to be in the West.

Bettman also shot down the idea of relocation to Quebec City. There’s been speculation the Carolina Hurricanes could relocate, however Bettman said at the time, “I don’t see the Hurricanes relocating, period.”

“There are no teams in the NHL that are planning on relocation, so that’s not something that anybody should be counting on or focusing on,” he said.

Related: Mulroney: Quebec City may have to wait for expansion team