Thursday, June 22, 2006

2006 NHL Awards

The 2006 NHL Awards took place in Vancouver, BC tonight from 8-10 pm. The biggest surprises of the night for me were Lindy Ruff winning the Jack Adams over Peter Laviolette and Miikka Kiprusoff winning the Vezina over Martin Brodeur. The Red Wings went 2-for-2 with the awards they were up for, with Pavel Datsyuk picking up the Lady Byng and Nicklas Lidstrom picking up the Norris. The show opened with a good interview with Ovechkin and Crosby, where they talked about the competition between them during the regular season. The players walked down the NHL's version of the red carpet, and Scotty Bowman and Nicklas Lidstrom were seen signing autographs. By the way, it seemed like this one guy with a New York Rangers jersey got every single player's autograph who walked by. Ron MacLean wore a referee styled jacket and said a few corny jokes before beginning the award presentations. Winners are listed below. CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY: Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes HART MEMORIAL TROPHY: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks. JACK ADAMS AWARD : Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD: Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers VEZINA TROPHY: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames ART ROSS TROPHY: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks WILLIAM M. JENNINGS TROPHY: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (new name!) KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY: Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals MAURICE RICHARD TROPHY: Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks Mike Babcock accepted the Lady Byng on Datsyuk's behalf, and awkwardly didn't go up to the mic and say a few words. Later in the show, when Kiprussov won the Vezina, Darryl Sutter accepted it for him and did a speech thanking the coaching staff (ha ha) and saying how Kiprussov told him not to swear. It came off a lot better than Babcock jumping on stage and saying nothing, at least. Oh, and I loved the fact that Brodeur didn't win the Vezina. Lidstrom did a good job accepting his fourth Norris in five seasons, but I didn't really catch anything interesting out of his acceptance speech. It sounded like I've heard it before. He did say he might be talking to GM Ken Holland after the show, maybe so they can get some contract talks done! I was soo glad Lindy Ruff won the Adams over Laviolette, because he really did a great job with Buffalo this season and just edged out Peter Laviolette, 155-154, in the votes. None of the other awards were nearly this close in voting. When Kiprussov was honored for winning the Jennings, Brendan Peters, the kid they always showed in the stands during the playoffs with the Flames goalie equipment on, accepted for his favorite player. That was a nice touch. Brian Burke and Tom Cochrane presented the Masterton to Teemu Selanne, who accepted via video from Finland, where he is running a charity hockey camp. Datsyuk could've at least prepared a video clip like Teemu did, but I guess he didn't expect to win the Lady Byng. Ovechkin won the Calder, and gave probably the funniest speech of the night. He thanked his agent or assistant for cleaning his house and helping him buy his car and food at the grocery store. In his tone and Russian accent, it sounded really funny. Mark Messier awarded the Hart to Thornton, who gave the best speech of the night. He was very clear and concise, and seemed the most comfortable on stage in front of the mic. This part of the awards show is always a big question every year, because hockey players are not the best at giving acceptance speeches. But this year every player did well in this area.

13 Comments:

At 6/22/2006 11:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheers to lindy ruff, brillant job with the sabres, they'll be even bigger cup contenders next year

 
At 6/22/2006 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats true the sabres have turned around their franchise and made so many improvements even with the absence of satan, they put togeather a team that went above any expectations for the season. They should be considered a power in the east for years to come.

 
At 6/22/2006 11:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the oilers can u believe they lost, thats the red wing curse, the last three years three teams beat detroit in the first round, those three teams all went on to lose in game seven of the stanley cup final, cowincidence... i think not

 
At 6/22/2006 11:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

detroit, can u believe that team, there problem they have all these europeans with no desire or heart needed to win the stanley cup, they need more grit

 
At 6/23/2006 12:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im so happy that carolina hurricanes won the stanley cup because i hated the oilers because they made the canucks not get in the playoffs and they kicked out the red wings.

 
At 6/23/2006 02:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Kiprusoff. Kay, eye, pee, arr, you, ess, oh, eff, eff. :-)

 
At 6/23/2006 08:10:00 AM, Blogger Brian List said...

What's with all this anonymous commenting? Is this the same person chatting to themself? I hope they had fun :)

 
At 6/23/2006 03:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, Babcock didn't get on the stage to accept it. I was there. The presenters, Cassie Campbell and Vicky Sunohara of the Canadian Women's Olympic Team accepted it on his behalf.

 
At 6/23/2006 08:51:00 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

Cant believe that crosby didnt win the calder. Ovechkin did have more points but you have to admit that overall Crosby had the better year. He saved the Pitsburg franchise and was the youngest player to reach 100 points ever. What else do you have to do to win rookie of the year????

 
At 6/24/2006 05:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

about the red wings curse, calagry didn't beat the wings in the 1st round. they beat vancouver in the first round and detroit in the second round. and the oilers should have won the cup.

 
At 6/25/2006 03:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OILERS SHOULD HAVE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 6/26/2006 04:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Lindy Ruff, well deserved award. New NHL was very exciting and fun to watch because of coaches like you who adapted the new system so easily unlike others.

 
At 6/30/2006 05:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH HURRICANES !!!!!! YOU KNOW THEY DESERVE IT !

 

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