Bei den Awards reicht nun wirklich eine Pressemitteilung:
In Antwort auf:Alex Ovechkin captured the two most prestigious honours in hockey for the second straight season on Thursday, winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the players' choice for the most outstanding player. [...] The Washington Capitals superstar was a runaway winner for the Hart, receiving 115 of 133 first-place votes to beat out Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk in an all-Russian group of finalists. [...] Zdeno Chara grabbed the Norris Trophy for top defenceman, Tim Thomas took the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender and Claude Julien claimed the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year. [...] Even though Datsyuk was a runner-up to Ovechkin for the Hart and Pearson, he managed to win both the Selke (top defensive forward) and Lady Byng (most gentlemanly) trophies for the second straight year. [...] Another big winner was Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason, who took home the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. He recently turned 21 and has been soaking up the Vegas experience.
Among the other awards handed out:
- Nashville Predators forward Steve Sullivan took home the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication.
- Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla won the Messier Leadership Award.
- Ethan Moreau of the Edmonton Oilers won the King Clancy for his charitable work.
- And, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was voted fan favourite.
One of the best moments of the evening came when Gary Bettman presented Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau with a lifetime achievement award, calling him the "emblem of elegance and class."