Wayne Gretzky to present Hart Trophy at NHL Awards

But instead of having the usual stand-alone ceremony, the award winners had to share the moment with the expansion draft, a fascinating and distracting churning of National Hockey League rosters that had even casual fans wondering how the Vegas choice would impact their favourite teams' rosters. He was hoping to join an elite class of only eight other National Hockey League players to win three or more Hart Trophies, including Wayne Gretzky (9), Gordie Howe (6), Eddie Shore (4), Bobby Clarke, Mario Lemieux, Howie Morenz, Bobby Orr and Ovechkin (3).

Finalists: Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton (5-2); Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh (4-1); Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus (8-1).

"I definitely don't consider him a rival", McDavid said before that first meeting. There are a number of ways of enjoying this mode in National Hockey League 18 including local co-op, online team play, and a complete Campaign mode (with objective based rewards).

"To be up for this award with two unbelievable players (Crosby and Burns) makes it even that much more special", he said.

Offensively speaking, McDavid's NHL isn't the same league that Wayne Gretzky stepped into back in 1979-80, a season in which eight separate players topped 100 points.

Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson received the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The 36-year-old American took a leave of absence during parts of this past season to be with his wife who was battling throat cancer.

Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau took the Lady Byng Trophy, symbolic of gentlemanly conduct and a high standard of play. Crosby was second behind McDavid in scoring this year with 89 points in 75 games, while Bobrovsky carried the Blue Jackets to 41 wins behind a.931 save percentage and seven shutouts. In fact, they did hand out a couple of trophies on Tuesday night, the less glamorous ones, the ones that celebrate the charity work that players such as Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets (King Clancy Memorial Trophy and Mark Messier Leadership Award) and Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders (the NHL Foundation Player Award) do so well.

Bergeron also won the Selke in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

“Thats the way I play the game, ” Burns said. McDavid will be on the cover of the video game, making him one of the youngest players to receive that honor.

Burns beat out Ottawa's Erik Karlsson for the Norris in a duel of two 70-point scorers. Burns doesnt think offensive numbers alone determine the Norris victor. Laine (64 points in 73 games) would have had a strong case if he played the full season. “For me to be successful, to help the team, Ive got to help create offense and get into the plays. Goodness knows the draft in Chicago is likely going to be more about the Knights than the Blackhawks. Toronto forward Auston Matthews is the Calder Trophy victor as the NHL's best rookie.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Vegas Golden Knights finally have some players to put on the desert ice this fall.

But I think it's more of a question for the guys (on the team), whether they're comfortable with having a young guy lead them like that. With the way today's hockey players play these games, you can nearly argue this is as big a deal for a 20-year-old who likely grew up playing EA Sports NHL as any award. Seeing the teams in California kind of encouraged kids growing up to pick up the stick and start playing.

"The first was to put a team on the ice that was entertaining and competitive, and one that the National Hockey League and Las Vegas can be proud of". The Arizona-raised center didn't miss a game while propelling Toronto back into the Stanley Cup playoffs for just the second time since 2004.

Philadelphia opens October 4 at the San Jose Sharks, who have the longest active season-opener winning streak at seven. He was the central figure (sorry Cam Talbot) in Edmonton's first post-season in a decade. Columbus hosts a season-long four-game homestand from October 19-27 and March 6-12.

The back-to-back Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals open their season at Ottawa on October 5 and host the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener October 7. Hossa says he has privately been undergoing treatment for the last few years under the supervision of Chicago's medical staff. Marchessault had 30 goals and 51 points for the Panthers last season.

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