Friday, June 19, 2009

NHL Awards - Another Ovie-Showie

Ovechkin Wins Second Straight Hart Trophy

For the second straight season, the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin was awarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's most valuable player.
He's the first player to win back-to-backs since Dominik Hasek in 1997 and 1998, and the first forward since Wayne Gretzky, who won every year straight from 1980 to '87.
"I like playing in Canadian cities, but right now, my favorite city to play in is Washington," Ovechkin said in his acceptance speech. "Next year, I hope [the] Stanley Cup will be ours."
Ovechkin, who finished the season with a league-high 56 goals, easily beat out the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and the Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk for the NHL's most prestigious award, winning 115 of 133 first-place votes.
Teammate Mike Green was up for the Norris Trophy for top defenseman, but the honor went to the Bruins' Zdeno Chara, who got 68 first-place votes to Green's 50

Ovechkin Wins Pearson Award

Caps winger Alex Ovechkin just won the Lester B. Pearson Award, awarded to the NHL's most outstanding player as voted by his peers.
"Whoa, I'm nervous again," Ovechkin began, drawing laughs from the crowd at the Palms Casino Resort. "First, I wanna say congrats to the Penguins for winning the Stanley Cup."
He went on to praise fellow Russian (and fellow Pearson and Hart nominee) Evgeni Malkin, and thanked the Caps organization, his teammates and Coach Bruce Boudreau.
In addition to winning the Pearson, Ovechkin was also voted a First Team All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. Mike Green joined him on the first team, giving the Capitals multiple players on the first team for the first time.
Ovechkin is the second player in league history to earn first team honors in each of his first four seasons and the first since Canadiens Hall of Famer Bill Durnan was named from 1944-47.
"I'm happy to be here," Ovechkin said after accepting the Pearson. "What a life. Thank you."

And please, don't forget he is the 2009 NHL All Stars First Team member and Maurice Richard Trophy winner as well. Life is not bad, right Alex?

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