An Unforgettable Night in Vegas

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Braden Holtby, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, and other stars of the National Hockey League descended upon Las Vegas for the NHL’s annual awards show. This year’s awards show was much different compared to previous years. Las Vegas has hosted the program for many years, but never had a team to show for it. Now they do. The city’s first professional sports franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, will begin play next season. As part of the process of building a team from the ground up, Vegas had an expansion draft. On Wednesday night, in addition to the awards the NHL’s newest team announced their selections.Β 

Here are the results:

TED LINDSAY AWARD (Most outstanding player)
Connor McDavid

FRANK J. SELKE (Forward who best excels in defensive aspects of the game)
Patrice Bergeron

JAMES NORRIS (Best defenseman)
Brett Burns

NHL 18 Cover Athlete
Connor McDavid

KING CLANCY (Leadership on and off the ice)
Nick Foligno and Travis Hamonic

CALDER TROPHY (Rookie of the year)
Auston Matthews

GENERAL MANAGER AWARD
David Poile

JACK ADAMS (Coach of the year)
John Tortorella

BILL MASTERTON (Awarded to player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport)
Craig Anderson

WILLIAM M. JENNINGS TROPHY (Awarded to the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against in the regular season)
Braden Holtby

ROCKET RICHARD TROPHY (Top goal scorer)
Sidney Crosby

ART ROSS TROPHY (Most points)
Connor McDavid

LADY BYNG (Sportsmanship)
Johnny Gaudreau

VEZINA TROPHY (Top goalie)
Sergei Bobrovsky

HART TROPHY (MVP)
Connor McDavid

EXPANSION DRAFT RESULTS

  1. Avalanche– Calvin Pickard (G)
  2. Canucks– Luca Sbisa
  3. Coyotes– Teemu Pulkkinen
  4. Devils– Jon Merrill
  5. Sabres– William Carrier
  6. Stars– Cody Eakin
  7. Red Wings– Tomas Nosek
  8. Panthers– Jonathan Marchessault
  9. Kings– Brayden McNabb
  10. Hurricanes– Connor Brickley
  11. Jets– Chris Thorburn
  12. Flyers– Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
  13. Lightning– Jason Garrison
  14. Islanders– J.F. Berube
  15. Predators– James Neal
  16. Flames– Deryk Engelland
  17. Maple Leafs– Brendan Leipsic
  18. Bruins– Colin Miller
  19. Senators– Marc Methot
  20. Sharks– David Schlemko
  21. Blues– David Perron
  22. Rangers– Oscar Lindberg
  23. Oilers– Griffin Reinhart
  24. Canadiens– Alexei Emelin
  25. Ducks– Clayton Stoner
  26. Wild– Erik Haula
  27. Blue Jackets– William Karlsson
  28. Blackhawks– Trevor van Riemsdyk
  29. Penguins– Marc-Andre Fleury
  30. Capitals– Nate Schmidt

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BRADEN HOLTBY

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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