Author: Ryan Dadoun

Henrik Zetterberg

Zetterberg, Toews, Burns honored for leadership, charitable efforts


There’s a lot of hardware handed out during the league’s award ceremony and while some of the awards don’t capture as many headlines, they recognize important aspects and ideals of the NHL.

The King Clancy Trophy for example honors players who exemplifies leadership and makes humanitarian contributions. This year it was given to Henrik Zetterberg, who captained the Red Wings to their 24th consecutive playoff berth. Off the ice, Zetterberg has dedicated himself to his charitable efforts, both in Detroit and internationally. One example is Chige Primary School, which he and his wife built. It allows 225 children in Kemba to get an education and its success led to the construction of the Belta Telo Middle School for 700 students.

Mark Messier’s award similarly honors leadership and this year it was presented to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks captain is just 27 years old, but under his leadership Chicago has won the Stanley Cup three times in the last six years.

The NHL Foundation Player Award, which Zetterberg has also won in the past, highlights players who go above and beyond in their charitable efforts. This year it honored Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and presented him with $25,000 to donate to the charities of his choice. Burns is splitting the money between Defending the Blue Line, which provides things like hockey equipment and game tickets to the children of military families, and Folds of Honor, which gives educational scholarships to family members of military personnel that have been injured or killed in the line of duty.

Devan Dubnyk’s revival earns him Masterton Trophy

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Devan Dubnyk has won the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for bouncing back after going through the most difficult period of his career. The 2013-14 campaign was a disaster for him as he posted a 3.36 GAA and .894 save percentage in 32 contests with Edmonton before being shipped to Nashville and then Montreal where he played for AHL Hamilton.

Arizona gave him a chance at redemption as its backup goaltender and he did well in that role, challenging Mike Smith’s status as the team’s starter in the process. However, it wasn’t until the Minnesota Wild acquired him that Dubnyk’s season really took off. He carried the team to the playoffs with a 1.78 GAA and .936 save percentage in 39 contests during his time with the Wild.

His superb play was also recognized in the Vezina Trophy voting as he earned one first-place selection and finished third overall in the voting.

Here’s a list of the Masterton winners since 1990:

Year Winner Team
2015 Devan Dubnyk Min.
2014 Dominic Moore NYR
2013 Josh Harding Min.
2012 Max Pacioretty Mon.
2011 Ian Laperriere Phi.
2010 Jose Theodore Was.
2009 Steve Sullivan Nas.
2008 Jason Blake Tor.
2007 Phil Kessel Bos.
2006 Teemu Selanne Ana.
2004 Bryan Berard Chi.
2003 Steve Yzerman Det.
2002 Saku Koivu Mon.
2001 Adam Graves NYR
2000 Ken Daneyko N.J.
1999 John Cullen T.B.
1998 Jamie McLennan St.L.
1997 Tony Granato S.J.
1996 Gary Roberts Cgy.
1995 Pat LaFontaine Buf.
1994 Cam Neely Bos.
1993 Mario Lemieux Pit.
1992 Mark Fitzpatrick NYI
1991 Dave Taylor L.A.
1990 Gord Kluzak Bos.

Hudler edges out Datsyuk to win Lady Byng Trophy

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Jiri Hudler had a career season with 31 goals and 76 points in 78 contests. Along the way he only accumulated 14 penalty minutes and that helped him secure this year’s Lady Byng Trophy.

Among the top-20 scorers, he had the fewest PIM. Pavel Datsyuk, who has won this award four times, was a close second though with 648 votes to Hudler’s 700. There was a big drop off after that as Anze Kopitar just got 379 points. Hudler’s teammate, Sean Monahan, was the only player outside of the top three with at least 10 first-place votes (13).

Here are the voting results for the award, cutting off at the top 10:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Jiri Hudler, CGY 700 (52-13-12-8-5)
2. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 648 (29-28-24-10-12)
3. Anze Kopitar, LAK 379 (11-18-20-13-4)
4. Daniel Sedin, VAN 267 (6-10-15-18-8)
5. Sean Monahan, CGY 232 (13-5-8-7-6)
6. Jason Pominville, MIN 205 (8-10-7-5-5)
7. Matt Moulson, BUF 150 (4-8-6-6-6)
8. Logan Couture, SJS 148 (3-6-2-16-18)
9. Ryan O’Reilly, COL 139 (2-8-7-6-10)
10. Patrick Kane, CHI 130 (3-4-8-8-8)

Here’s a list of the Lady Byng Trophy winners and second-place finishers since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up

2015 Jiri Hudler, Cgy. Pavel Datsyuk, Det.
2014 Ryan O’Reilly, Col. Martin St. Louis, NYR
2013 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Patrick Kane, Chi.
2012 Brian Campbell, Fla. Jordan Eberle, Edm.
2011 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
2010 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Brad Richards, Dal.
2009 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Martin St. Louis, T.B.
2008 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Martin St. Louis, T.B.
2007 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Martin St. Louis, T.B.
2006 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Brad Richards, T.B.
2004 Brad Richards, T.B. Daniel Alfredsson, Ott.
2003 Alex. Mogilny, Tor. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
2002 Ron Francis, Car. Joe Sakic, Col.
2001 Joe Sakic, Col. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
2000 Pavol Demitra, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1999 Wayne Gretzky, NYR Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1998 Ron Francis, Pit. Teemu Selanne, Ana.
1997 Paul Kariya, Ana. Teemu Selanne, Ana.
1996 Paul Kariya, Ana. Adam Oates, Bos.
1995 Ron Francis, Pit. Adam Oates, Bos.
1994 Wayne Gretzky, L.A. Adam Oates, Bos.
1993 Pierre Turgeon, NYI Adam Oates, Bos.
1992 Wayne Gretzky, L.A. Joe Sakic, Que.
1991 Wayne Gretzky, L.A. Brett Hull, St.L
1990 Brett Hull, St.L Wayne Gretzky, L.A.

Report: Kings suspend Voynov over non-hockey injury

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The Los Angeles Kings have moved to suspend Slava Voynov for his Achilles injury that he suffered during his indefinite NHL suspension, per LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen.

While the Kings suspending Voynov as well might seem redundant, it does give them a certain degree of cost certainty. As long as his nearly $4.2 million annual cap hit is off the books, the Kings have about $60 million committed to 16 players, which is a decent amount of space going into free agent market. Los Angeles still has restricted free agents to re-sign including Tyler Toffoli and Martin Jones, but now it will be easier for the squad to make moves beyond that.

He’s reportedly being suspended because the Kings believe that his injury isn’t hockey related, a point which Los Angeles assistant general manager hinted at when the subject came up back in April.

“It wasn’t at the rink,” Blake said regarding the injury, per the Los Angeles Times.

It is worth noting though that Kings GM Dean Lombardi previously stated that “they’re shooting for the middle of training camp” for Voynov’s return, according to the Orange County Register. Although he also compared the situation to that of Tanner Pearson’s in the sense that the Kings forward was ultimately sidelined for longer than anticipated.

Lightning’s Yzerman handed GM of the Year Award

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The Tampa Bay Lightning fell just short of the Stanley Cup, but they took great strides this season and for his role in it, Steve Yzerman has won the GM of the Year Award.

Yzerman was fortunate enough to inherit Steven Stamkos, but he’s backed the superstar with a strong supporting cast that includes Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat. The general manager also acquired Ben Bishop and drafted Andrei Vasilevskiy to help solidify the Lightning’s goaltending situation.

The GM of the Year Award is voted on by the league’s 30 general managers as well as a panel of NHL executives and media personnel. It seems Yzerman has earned the respect of his peers because 24 of those ballots included his name in the top three. With 80 points, the Lightning GM cleanly topped Glen Sather and Bob Murray, who finished in second and third place respectively.

Here are the voting results for the award, cutting off at the top 10:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
1. Steve Yzerman, TBL 80 (9-10-5)
2. Glen Sather, NYR 49 (7-3-5)
3. Bob Murray, ANA 36 (3-6-3)
4. Bryan Murray, OTT 32 (5-1-4)
5. Garth Snow, NYI 28 (3-3-4)
6. David Poile, NSH 24 (2-4-2)
7. Kevin Cheveldayoff, WPG 19 (2-2-3)
8. Chuck Fletcher, MIN 19 (1-3-5)
9. Brad Treliving, CGY 15 (3-0-0)
10. Stan Bowman, CHI 13 (1-2-2)

The GM of the Year Award is still pretty new, but here are the past winners:

Year Winner Team
2015 Steve Yzerman Tampa Bay
2014 Bob Murray Anaheim
2013 Ray Shero Pittsburgh
2012 Doug Armstrong St. Louis
2011 Mike Gillis Vancouver
2010 Don Maloney Phoenix