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The NHL Awards are all over in Las Vegas, and after a few hours of embarrassingly dealing with host Jay Mohr's terrible jokes, we have some folks taking home some hardware. That's why we're here, after all.
First up, the big awards: Tim Thomas shocked nobody by taking home the Vezina Trophy as league's top goaltender, after putting together one of the best seasons in the history of the game. He's the first goalie to win the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe and the Vezina since Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers did it in 1975.
Corey Perry shocked everybody and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as most valuable player, beating out Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis for the award. He was a huge piece in the Anaheim Ducks' quest to clinch a playoff berth, and he was clearly choked up at the honor during his acceptance speech.
Nicklas Lidstrom took home his seventh Norris Trophy, controversially beating out Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara for the honor. Lidstrom might not have been the best defenseman this season, but hey, it's Nicklas Lidstrom. Can we really complain about him winning this award again?
Zdeno Chara did win the Mark Messier Leadership Award, however, so it's not like he went home without any hardware. And besides, he has a Stanley Cup, so whatever.
Ryan Kesler finally won a Selke Trophy, beating Pavel Datsyuk out for the award that the Red Wing always seems to win. It was Kesler's third trip to Vegas as a nominee, but it'll be his first time leaving as a winner. In fact, Kesler blew away the competition this year, picking up 1,179 points in the voting as compared to 476 for Jonathan Toews and 348 for Datsuyk.
Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the Jack Adams Award winner as coach of the year, and with the way the team played in the latter part of the season without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, it's kind of easy to see why.
The Calder Trophy was perhaps the most up for grabs trophy of the night, and it went to Jeff Skinner, the wunderkind from the Carolina Hurricanes. He still looks 12, despite all the boobs and beer around him in Vegas.
Mike Gillis, David Poile and Steve Yzerman were the nominees for the GM of the Year award, and Gillis took the home the hardware after steering his Canucks to the best record in the league and the President's Trophy. In fact, he mopped the floor with the competition, winning by 35 votes.
The award is voted on by the league's GM's, and Gillis has a lot of experience around the league as a former player agent. Not that Gillis and the Canucks don't deserve it, but well, relationships help.
Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers didn't play a game in 2010-11, but he took home the Masterton Trophy anyway after dealing with post-concussion symptoms and trying to play through them to win a Stanley Cup, he's more than deserving. The same could be said for Ray Emery and Daymond Langkow, of course.
Martin St. Lewis won the Lady Byng Trophy as the most gentlemanly forward in the league, according to the presenters, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Some guy named Martin St. Louis won the award in 2010, not sure if it's the same dude. (Seriously, these Awards are kind of embarrassing. Are we this Bush League?)
The Ted Lindsay Award, also known as the Hart Trophy voted on by the players who actually play the game, was presented to Daniel Sedin, who scored the most points in the league this season.
Vote totals for the top five on each award:
NORRIS: Lidstrom (736), Weber (727), Chara (688), Visnovsky (573), Yandle (312)
SELKE: Kesler (1.179), Toews (476), Datsuyk (348), Bergeron (296), Malhotra (229)
ADAMS: Bylsma (196), Vigneault (169), Trotz (80), Boucher (54), Lemaire (27)
CALDER: Skinner (1,055), Couture (908), Grabner (497), Crawford (336), Carlson (188)
GM OF THE YEAR: Gillis (96), Yzerman (61), Poile (55), Murray (35), Shero (26)
LADY BYNG: St. Louis (994), Lidstrom (464), Eriksson (347), Marleau (241), Toews (233)
VEZINA: Thomas (104), Rinne (84), Luongo (33), Lundqvist (23), Price (10)
HART: Perry (1,043), Sedin (960), St. Louis (332), Rinne (175), Thomas (171)
For more coverage of the event, follow SB Nation's writers on the ground: Bob from Canes Country on Twitter at @CanesCountry, Arthur from Anaheim Calling on Twitter at @AnaheimCalling and Jen, also from Anaheim Calling on Twitter at @WhatWouldJNDo
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The 2011 NHL Awards are back on Wednesday night, and this year's version is again hosted by known hockey-hater Jay Mohr. He's planning a few Canucks jokes, as he revealed during the red carpet event before hand, although the NHL apparently yanked his Alex Burrows biting joke, which kind of sucks. I'm sure the D-list musical performances will make it all better, though.
The red carpet program began at 5 p.m. on NHL Network, with interviews and something that might possibly resemble analysis of the picks. Or perhaps just analysis of Michael Grabner's hair and talk about how he can't legally do anything in Vegas. Either way, it's there if you're interested.
Anyway, the Awards show begins at 7 p.m. ET, live from The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. In the United States it can be seen on Versus. In Canada, the show can be seen on CBC.
For more coverage of the event, follow SB Nation's writers on the ground: Bob from Canes Country on Twitter at @CanesCountry, Arthur from Anaheim Calling on Twitter at @AnaheimCalling and Jen, also from Anaheim Calling on Twitter at @WhatWouldJNDo.
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Jay Mohr will again be hosting the NHL Awards 2011, a year after the hockey-hating comedian entertained a cavalcade of hockey stars in Las Vegas for the first time a year ago. Joining him this year will be all of those trophies and just about everybody in the hockey world -- from Tim Thomas and the Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins to Sidney Crosby, who surprisingly won't be winning an award this year thanks to injuries.
But they'll all be there, along with such award-winning acts as Dierks Bentley, who's apparently a popular country singer, and Far East Movement, who I've also never heard of.
The real focus of the night isn't the list of B and C-list celebrties who will gather at the Palms Hotel, though. It's all about the heroes of the game, notably Thomas, who's expected to go home with his third piece of hardware in less than a week when he adds the Vezina Trophy to his collection.
The race for the Hart Trophy is also a pretty heated one, with Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis all up for the award. Perry led the Ducks to a playoff berth with an unbelievable final few months of the season, while Sedin will try to keep the award in the family after his brother Henrik won it a year ago.
In total, 11 awards will be handed out on Wednesday night. Here are those awards and the finalists for them.
Hart Memorial Trophy: Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, Martin St. Louis
Lady Byng Trophy: Loui Eriksson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Martin St. Louis
Jack Adams Award: Dan Bylsma, Barry Trotz, Alain Vigneault
Ted Lindsay Award: Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, Steven Stamkos
The Awards have a bit of a bad reputation for being overly lame, but one thing is for sure -- if there's a skit like last year's with Bobby Ryan and Scott Niedermayer, all should be well. The show hits Versus and CBC at 7 p.m. ET.