Wayne Gretzky to present Hart Trophy at NHL Awards

Multiple awards are set to be announced at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid has won his first Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.

McDavid, who was also announced as the cover athlete on EA Sports NHL 18, scored the most points (100) in the 2016-17 regular season to win his first Art Ross Trophy.

In his first full season in Columbus, Tortorella led the Blue Jackets' revival for their best record ever and their first playoff appearance since 2014, even leading the overall National Hockey League standings earlier in the season.

Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award, making him the first National Hockey League player to win both awards in the same year.

Just a few months before the Golden Knights take to the ice for their first season in Las Vegas, the NHL Awards took over Sin City on Wednesday to honor the best players in the hockey league. The former No. 1 pick beat out fellow finalists Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. This was Bergeron's fourth Frank J. Selke Trophy and third in his last four years with only the Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar coming in between after winning last year.

Best newcomer of the season ("Calder Trophy") was the forward of "Toronto" Aston Matthews.

Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudrea was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy for his sportsmanlike play beating out Minnesota's Mikael Granlund and St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko.

"It's incredible to receive this from Wayne, the greatest player of all-time", McDavid said when presented the award by "The Great One" at a post-season presentation ceremony at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

At this rate, we may be hearing McDavid's name announced as the victor of the Hart Trophy for many more years to come, as he hasn't even reached his prime in the league yet. Bobrovsky, the first Russian to win the award twice, and Tortorella played major roles in the Blue Jackets revival for the best season in franchise history.

Craig Anderson won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for Dedication, Sportsmanship, and Dedication. Anderson was forced to take several leaves of absence from Ottawa this season while his wife, Nicholle, battled cancer.

"What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation", Foley said.

Under the draft expansion rules, Las Vegas picked one available player from each of the other 30 National Hockey League teams.

Crosby was a plus-17 in even-strength situations this past season, his second-lowest mark in the last five, and he had just (just) five game-winning goals, four less than previous year.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns took the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's best defenseman. Among the Golden Knights' other selections was defenseman Brayden McNabb, from L.A., another ex-Monarch.

He was also voted to his first career spot on the post-season NHL All-Star Team. Hardly anybody in hockey believes it will be his last.



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