Last night in Las Vegas was the Awards as the Players dressed up in their best and for once they were enjoying the best of the 2009-2010 season as the leagues top players won the different awards from Ryan Miller winning his first Vezina, Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis winning the Lady Byng where he beat out the Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards.
And former Stars Head Coach Dave Tippett won the Jack Adams for being the top coach as he defined all expectations with a Phoenix team that had a shaky future and possibly looking at relocation.
Hopefully by finishing 4th in the Conference and nearly upsetting Detroit in the opening round, hopefully he can lead the Coyotes into a new era as their ownership situation seems to be stabilizing some what.
Perhaps the biggest shock of the night was Vancouver's Henrik Sedin as he upset both Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby for the Hart Trophy which is the league MVP during the regular season.
In all it's a great night from the league's best which included performances and celebrity appearances throughout the night in Las Vegas as this puts an official close to the 2009-2010 season. Now we begin the preps for the 2010-2011 season as the NHL Draft is coming on Friday and Saturday as we welcome the stars of tomorrow to the league.
Here's the Links from the National Hockey League on the night's Big Winners.
Henrik Sedin Wins Hart: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532580
Martin St. Louis wins Lady Byng: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532587
Ducan Keith wins Norris Trophy: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532596
Ryan Miller wins Vezina Trophy: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532592
Ryan Miller wins Foundation Award: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532559
Dave Tippett wins Jack Adams: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532522
Alexander Ovechkin win Players Choice: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532523
Pavel Datsyuk wins Selke Trophy: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532516
Tyler Meyers wins Calder Trophy: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532506
All Rookie Team
G: Jimmy Howard (DET)
D: Michael Del Zotto (NYR)
D: Tyler Myers (BUF)
F: Niclas Bergfors (ATL)
F: Matt Duchene (COL)
F: John Tavares (NYI)
NHL All 1st Team
G: Ryan Miller (BUF)
D: Ducan Keith (CHI)
D: Mike Green (WSH)
F: Henrik Sedin (VAN)
F: Patrick Kane (CHI)
F: Alexander Ovechkin (WSH)
NHL All 2nd Team
G: Llya Bryzgalov (PHX)
D: Drew Doughty (LAK)
D: Nicklas Lindstrom (DET)
F: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
F: Martin St. Louis (TB)
F: Daniel Sedin (VAN)
Also the league schedule's came out on Wednesday which by the way the Stars season begins on October 8 & 9 on the road in the New York area against the NY Islanders and New Jersey Devils, as for the home schedule, circle October 14 as the Stars take on the Detroit Red Wings then on the Sunday the 16th it's a battle with the St. Louis Blues.
July 1 will be the start of Free Agency as we take look at the biggest names changing teams. For Stars fans, where could Mike Modano end up if/when he decides to come back, or could we hear a retirement speech possibly. He says he wants to play again, but we will see what happens later this summer.
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