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NHL awards tracker 2020: Full list of finalists, winners for Hart, Vezina, Norris and more

There won’t be a glitzy Las Vegas awards show this year due to COVID-19 but that won’t stop the best and the brightest stars of the NHL getting their hardware.

Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 6, the NHL will start handing out the 2019-20 awards, although we do know a few winners already as Alex Ovechkin and David Pastrnak co-won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy with 48 goals during the regular season.

Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, who may add some more hardware over the next few weeks, won the Art Ross Trophy with an NHL-best 110 points and the Bruins goalie tandem of Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak snagged the 2020 William M. Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals scored against.

Sporting News has all the award winners below.

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King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the player who shows “leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.” The trophy winner is selected by a committee of senior NHL executives that includes commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

Finalists: Matt Dumba (Minnesota Wild), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), P.K. Subban (New Jersey Devils)

Winner: Matt Dumba

A co-founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, Dumba has been vocal and involved in racial and social action initiatives. At the beginning of the postseason, he gave an impassioned speech at center ice prior to the Oilers and Blackhawks playing in a qualifying game. He’s also spearheaded the Rebuild Minnesota initiative to assist Minneapolis businesses impacted by riots and protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. He’s also donated to more than 60 families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s wildfire relief and has played roles in ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) and Hockey Fights Cancer.

“I don’t want any of this to be swept under the rug,” Dumba said on a call with reporters following the announcement. “This for me is not just a singular moment. It’s all part of this journey that I’m committed to and I think I’m going to commit to this my whole life, so this is just the start.”

The second consecutive Minnesota Wild to win the trophy, Dumba will receive a $25,000 donation from the NHL Foundation and will split it between ACES and the HDA. Lundqvist and Subban will each receive a $5,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.

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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Finalists: Stephen Johns (Dallas Stars), Oskar Lindblom (Philadelphia Flyers), Bobby Ryan (Ottawa Senators)

Winner: Bobby Ryan

In November 2019, Ryan left the Senators to enter the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program to combat his struggles with alcohol abuse. He returned to the lineup in late February and in his first home game on Feb. 27 scored an emotional hat trick. Since returning, he has shared his story to help and inspire others facing similar challenges. 

“Someone asked me (if I could sum up what this award means to me) at every step … I still don’t know,” said Ryan on a Zoom call with reporters following the announcement. “It’s something that I cherish. It’s something that I really have to thank people for recognizing that I came out the other side and ahead of a battle that’s been plaguing me for a while and it’s going to continue. I gotta continue to battle it every day and continue to work on it every day myself.” 

A $2,500 grant from the PHWA will be awarded to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund in the name of Ryan.

MORE: Ryan scores emotional hat trick in first home game since rejoining team

Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award

Named after the first black player to play in the NHL, this award goes to an individual who has made a positive impact on their community, culture or society to make people better through hockey. Now in its third year, a committee that includes O’Ree selects the finalists with the public choosing the winner.

Finalists: Dampy Brar (Apna Hockey), Alexandria Briggs-Blake (Tucker Road Ducks Hockey), John Haferman (Columbus Ice Hockey Club)

Brar, a former pro hockey player, co-founded Apna Hockey with Lali Toor. Apna Hockey is an initiative that provides a network and support for South Asian hockey players. He was also involved with the first-ever women’s hockey team in Leh Ladakh, India, providing mentorship and support.

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Jack Adams Award

Awarded to the NHL’s best head coach by the NHL’s Broadcasters’ Association.

Finalists: Bruce Cassidy (Boston Bruins), John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets), Alain Vigneault (Philadelphia Flyers)

Winner: Bruce Cassidy

Named on 82 of 132 ballots with 37 first-place votes, Cassidy wins his first Jack Adams Award after leading the Bruins to the 2019-20 Presidents’ Trophy. Boston was leading the NHL in points (100) and points percentage (.714) with a 44-14-12 record at the time of the coronavirus pause. The team was No. 1 in the league with a plus-53 goal differential, second on the power play (25.2 percent) and third on the penalty kill (84.3 percent). Cassidy’s crew also boasted the goalie tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask, who won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the Bruins allowed the fewest goals against. According to Natural Stat Trick, Boston ranked third in percentage of total goals off scoring chances (SCGF%) at 56.44.

A finalist twice in the last three years, Cassidy is the fourth Boston coach to nab the award, joining Don Cherry, Pat Burns and Claude Julien. Vigneault received 32 first-place votes (and 36 fewer points overall) while Tortorella had 28 first-place votes.

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Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by the PHWA, this trophy is awarded to the NHL’s best defensive forward.

Finalists: Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers), Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis Blues)

Winner: Sean Couturier

The Flyers center finished the 2019-20 regular season with 22 goals and 37 assists in 69 games along with an NHL-best 59.6 percent efficiency in the faceoff dot. He was at 59.5 percent in the defensive zone, 59.1 percent in the offensive zone and 60.4 percent in the neutral zone, making him the only NHL player to top 58 percent in all three zones. Couturier also led Philadelphia in Corsi For percentage (56.25) and Shots For percentage (55.30) and was third in Scoring Chances For percentage (54.43), per Natural Stat Trick. He was named on 163 of the 170 ballots, including 117 first-place selections.

“I’ve always taken pride in playing a solid 200-foot game,” Couturier said on a Zoom call with reporters. “To be recognized by people around the league, it’s really — I don’t know how to describe it — it’s a great honor.”  

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Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the player who combines sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct with a high level of play, as voted on by the PHWA.

Finalists: Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche), Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs), Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis Blues)

Winner: Nathan MacKinnon

The Avalanche’s top points guy in the regular season with 93 (35 goals, 58 assists) in 69 games was only tagged for 12 penalty minutes. He the third player in the last 20 years to collect more than 90 points and 12 or fewer penalty minutes, joining Aleksander Barkov (2018-19: 96 points, eight PIM) and Martin St. Louis (2010-11: 99 points, 12 PIM; 2009-10: 94 points, 12 PIM).

“I think it’s just a line you need to hover on,” he said when asked about how he plays an intense, aggressive game yet doesn’t get called for a lot of penalties. “I respect my opponents, I don’t want to be dirty. I also want to be trusted by the coaching staff that I won’t take penalties. I guess, with my skating I try to use my legs to stick check and things like that and not take unnecessary minors. But, [I] never thought I’d win this award; usually, I get a few more minors than this. But, obviously, very honored. Some of the best players ever have won this award.”

Notable winners include Pavel Datsyuk, fellow finalist Ryan O’Reilly and Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Paul Kariya and Ron Francis. One player who does not have a Lady Byng is fellow Cole Harbour, N.S., product Sidney Crosby. MacKinnon said in a call with reporters that he spoke with Crosby earlier in the day and joked that he now has one award on him.

“That’s probably all I’ll ever get on him,” said MacKinnon, who also has a Calder Trophy from 2014. Crosby lost in his rookie year to Alexander Ovechkin. 

“Sid, I guess, just plays a little harder than I do. I’ve got to get a little dirtier out there,” MacKinnon added.

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Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award

Awarded to the NHL’s best GM since the 2009-10 season by a panel of general managers, NHL executives and members of the media.

Finalists: Julien BriseBois (Tampa Bay Lightning), Lou Lamoriello (New York Islanders), Jim Nill (Dallas Stars)

Winner: Lou Lamoriello

Lamoriello’s club built on a successful 2018-19 campaign by advancing in 2020 to the Eastern Conference finals, the franchise’s first appearance there in 27 years. Last summer, the Hockey Hall of Famer (builder category), who has been New York’s GM since 2018, added free-agent goaltender Semyon Varlamov and forward Derick Brassard and re-signed Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier, Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson. Before the 2020 NHL trade deadline, he brought in defenseman Andy Greene and forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau. 

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Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

Awarded to the player “who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.” A Hall of Famer and six-time Stanley Cup champion, Messier makes the final decision on who wins this award.

Winner: Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)

The Flames captain just finished his 14th NHL season — all with Calgary — where he posted 31 points (five goals. 26 assists) in 60 regular-season games. During the Flames’ postseason — which saw them beat the Jets in the qualifying round before losing in six games to the Stars — Giordano collected three assists.

Off the ice, the 36-year-old has built a strong connection with the community through charitable actions. In 2014, he started “Team Giordano” to promote improved physical fitness and academics, as well as leadership development, at high-needs schools in Calgary. He is also involved with the You Can Play Project and the Calgary Flames Foundation.

In May, Postmedia’s Kristen Anderson reported that Giordano and his wife were helping families in need, including paying for grocery bills, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calder Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the NHL’s best rookie. The PHWA votes on this award.

Finalists: Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks), Dominik Kubalik (Chicago Blackhawks), Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche)

This award will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

Hart Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the player deemed most valuable to their team, as voted on by the PHWA.

Finalists: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche), Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers)

This award will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by the PHWA, this trophy goes to the NHL’s top defenseman.

Finalists: John Carlson (Washington Capitals), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning), Roman Josi (Nashville Predators)

This award will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

Ted Lindsay Award

Previously known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, this award is giving to the player deemed most valuable to their team, as voted on by members of the NHL’s Players’ Association.

Finalists: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche), Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers)

This award will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

Vezina Trophy

Finalists: Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins), Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning)

This award will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

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