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.
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
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
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