Ovechkin Nets Hart Trophy at NHL Awards
June 18, 2009 by Big Tony
The NHL Awards concluded Thursday night and Alexander Ovechkin was the big winner on the night taking the Pearson Award (MVP as voted on by the players) and his second Hart Trophy as league MVP. Arguably the most exciting player in the league the only thing missing now for him is a Stanley Cup Championship. There were plenty of other high moments for a number of people including Zdeno Chara (Norris Trophy), Tim Thomas (Veznia Trophy), and Steve Mason (Calder Trophy)—[sportsroids.com went 4-0 in picking the four major awards as a result so it was a pretty good night for us too!] On the whole it was a good night for the awards making its first appearance in Las Vegas and it seemed to go off without a hitch. Hopefully the tradition can continue there and perhaps draw more attention to the event and therefore the NHL and sport of hockey. It’s not only a night for celebrating but also to get a bit of a glimpse of the players in an element a bit different from how they are over the course of the season. You also get a chance to hear the players pay tribute to all those who have paved a way for them throughout their careers from influential coaches to parents, significant others, and other family friends. Many also honor we the fans who cheer them on from game to game and spend our hard earn dollars to passionately support them as they give their all to bring home championships. So congratulations to all those who took home awards as we look forward to the next big NHL event which is the entry draft.