June 22, 2011
Corey Perry can start wearing sunglasses at night, because he will now be known as Corey Hart. (For my many American/International and younger Canadian readers, check this YouTube video for the corny music reference.)
Here's the NHL's official media release: Right wing Corey Perry has become the first Anaheim Ducks player to win the Hart Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team" as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Perry garnered 67 first-place votes among the 126 ballots cast and accumulated 1,043 points to
edge left wing Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, who was the top selection on 51 ballots and
earned 960 points.
Here's the full voting results (click on image to enlarge):
I am not surprised that Perry edged Daniel in Hart balloting, though I had hoped Daniel would win if only for the great story of brothers winning the most prized individual trophy in hockey in back to back years. Henrik of course won it the year before.
Daniel did win the Ted Lindsay award, being named as the league's MVP as voted upon by his peers - the NHL players. Daniel of course also won the Art Ross trophy as the league's leading scorer in the regular season.
The Canucks did well on award night. Ryan Kesler won his first Selke Trophy, easily outdistancing Chicago's Jonathan Toews. Mike Gillis was named as GM of the Year.
Tim Thomas again beat Roberto Luongo to win the Vezina trophy as the league's top goalie. Luongo and back up Cory Schneider did take home the Jennings trophy.
Dan Bylsma won the Adams trophy as coach of the year. Jeff Skinner won the Calder trophy as rookie of the year. Martin St. Louis repeated as the Lady Byng winger as most gentlemanly player. Doug Weight, who recently retired, won the King Clancy award.
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