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2013 Selke Trophy Finalists

Frank J Selke Trophy

NHL announced the finalists for the 2013 Selke Trophy.  The Frank J. Selke Trophy is award annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.  This year’s finalists are Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

This is another tough one to pick this year, because all the finalists have played well to earn this award.  However, I would like to see Toews win it this year.

2012 NHL Conference Quarterfinals

10 April 2012 Leave a comment

The chase for the 2012 Stanley Cup begins tomorrow.  In the States, NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports Network, and NHL Network (US) will be broadcasting the games.  NHL.com has great coverage for this year’s playoff.  Check out the schedule link and each of the quarterfinal links below.

Quarterfinals Schedule

Eastern Conference
Series Pick
Rangers – Senators  Rangers in 5
Bruins – Capitals  Bruins in 6
Panthers – Devils  Devils in 6
Penguins – Flyers  Penguins in 7
Western Conference
Series Pick
Canucks – Kings Canucks in 5
Blues – Sharks Blues in 6
Coyotes – Blackhawks Blackhawks in 7
Predators – Red Wings Predators in 7

2011 Frank J Selke Trophy Nominees

Last week, the NHL announced the nominees for the Frank J Selke Trophy as best defensive forward.  They are Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit Red WingsRyan Kesler of Vancouver Canucks and Jonathan Toews of Chicago Blackhawks.  NHL story is here.

No doubt that Pavel Datsyuk is one of the best two way players in the league.  He is also a four time winner of the Selke Trophy. However, Kesler and Toews have shown this year that are becoming their respective team’s best two way player.  If doubt, look at what they did in their playoff series.  They cancelled each out and this  I believe will allow Datsyuk will win his fifth Selke Trophy.

The 2011 NHL Awards will be held at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 22. The ceremony will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

2011 Norris Trophy Nominees

Last week, the NHL announced the nominees for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (best defenseman). They are Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber.  NHL story is here.

No surprise to see Nicklas Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara on this list of finalist.  They are always deserving of this award.  But, the individual who has made impact like last year’s winner, Duncan Keith of Chicago, has been Shea Weber.   Weber has been one of the reasons the Predators are the second this year.  Although a long shot, I like Weber winning this year.

The 2011 NHL Awards will be held at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 22. The ceremony will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

2011 Lady Byng Trophy Nominees

30 April 2011 1 comment

Last week, the NHL announced the nominees for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship) are Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, and Dallas winger Loui Eriksson.  NHL story is here.

An interesting group of finalists for this year’s award, last year’s winner, a former Norris Trophy winner, and a newcomer, respectively.  It would be nice to see a defenseman to win this award, but St Louis has again been the best in staying out of the sin bin.  Martin St Louis will win his second Lady Byng.

The 2011 NHL Awards will be held at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 22. The ceremony will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Champions

23 June 2010 Leave a comment

Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Champions

Okay, I am little late in posting about the Chicago Blackhawks  overtime victory in Game 6  of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  I was extremely happy that the Hawks won it since I was scheduled to go on a trip the following day.  It was relief to see the game winning goal scored in the early in the overtime period.  It would have been a long drive that they next day for me.  I had predicted that the Hawks would win it in 6 and they did it.  It was no surprise that Jonathan Toews was the Conn Symthe winner.  It was nice to see that Wrigley Field hosted the Blackhawks the following Sunday during a Cubs-White Sox game.

Blackhawks at Wrigley Field (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / June 13, 2010)

Sharp steals second (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / June 13, 2010)

Now the work begins to defend the cup this fall.  The Hawks have the opportunity to start right against the Detroit Red Wings when they raise their Stanley Cup banner in October.  Go Hawks.

2010 Lady Byng Trophy Nominees

22 April 2010 Leave a comment

Martin St. Louis of Tampa Bay and Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit are two of this year’s nominees for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most gentlemanly player. The other player announced was Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars.

Another repeat challenge by St Louis and Datsyuk.  But, Datsyuk has owned this trophy for the past four seasons.  Look likes it will be five.

Voting was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.  The winner is to be announced at the 2010 NHL Awards on June 23 in Las Vegas.