NHL Awards features the enemies of the Makar Cup final, Hedman vying for the Norris Trophy

The meeting between Cale Makar And Victor Hedman it was one of the highlights of the Stanley Cup final.

On Tuesday, they are up for grabs for a different prize.

Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning e Romano Josi of the Nashville Predators are the finalists of the Norris Trophy given to the maximum defender in the NHL. It will be one of five awards awarded at the 2022 NHL Awards in Tampa (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVAS).

The others are the Hart Trophy given to the most valuable player in the NHLthe Ted Lindsay Award presented every year to the most outstanding player as voted by other members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the Vezina Trophy, given to the best goalkeeperand the Calder Trophy, awarded to rookie of the year.

“Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson will host the show.

“Whether it’s the regular season or the Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL definitely knows how to put on a show and I’m honored to be a part of it again,” said Thompson. “The playoffs have been so exciting. I can’t wait to wrap up this great season as a host of the 2022 NHL Awards.”

“After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to welcome the NHL Awards show again with Kenan as the host,” said Steve Mayer, chief content officer and executive vice president of the NHL. “Kenan did an amazing job in 2019 and is the perfect host to lead a fun and festive celebration of the best of the season.”

Makar scored 86 points in 77 regular season games and his 28 goals led NHL defenders. Hedman, who won Norris in 2017-18, scored 85 points (20 goals, 65 assists) in 82 games, second on the Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (106 points; 42 goals, 64 assists). Josi led the NHL with 96 points (23 goals, 73 assists) in 80 games.

Makar has four points (two goals, two assists) and Hedman has three assists in the Stanley Cup best-of-7 final, which Colorado lead 2-1 after Tampa Bay’s 6-2 win in Game 3 on Monday. .

“Well, it’s definitely a great honor once again,” said Hedman. “For me, the trophy that matters most is the one we play for as a team, of course, but getting individual recognition is always fantastic. Playing for this team is such an honor and without my teammates I would not be in this situation. I owe everything to this organization and to my teammates. “

Forwards Austin Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs e Connor Mc David of the Edmonton Oilers and goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers, are Hart’s finalists. McDavid led the NHL with 123 points (44 goals, 79 assists) in 80 games. Matthews scored 60 NHL goals and led Toronto with 106 points in 73 games.

“It’s a great honor, of course, to be there in the same sentence as some of the guys named,” said Matthews. “It’s good to be nominated, to be recognized for something like that. It’s not something I take lightly or for granted. There are a lot of amazing players who have had really great years, so being named one of the three means a lot.”

Shesterkin was 36-13-4 with an average of 2.07 goals, 0.935 save rate and six stoppages in 53 games (52 as a starter). Since then he could become the first goalkeeper to win Hart Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in 2014-15.

“Obviously, he has had a terrific season and it was great to see that he got that honor as one of three nominees,” said Rangers manager Gerard Gallant. “He keeps doing it, he keeps playing well and working hard. It’s an exceptional season. We are all very proud of him and he is well deserved for him.”

Shesterkin, Jacob Markstrom of the Calgary Flames e Juuse Saros of the Predators are the finalists of Vezina. Markstrom was 37-15-9 with a GAA of 2.22, a save rate of 0.922, and the NHL’s best nine stoppages in 63 games. Saros was 38-25-3 with a GAA of 2.64, a save rate of 0.918, and four stoppages.

Forwards Michele Bunting some maple leaves e Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks and defender of the Detroit Red Wings Moritz Seider, are Calder’s finalists. Bunting led all rookies with 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists) in 79 games, Zegras (61 points; 23 goals, 38 assists in 75 games) second. Seider led the rookie defenders with 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists) in 82 games.

“It feels pretty good,” Bunting said. “It’s been a lot of fun this season and I’ve had some success. … It’s been quite a journey for me to get to the NHL and I’ve been able to pull it off and solidify and have kept the same attitude every single day night in and out. here. I think I did a good job. “

Josi, Matthews and McDavid are the finalists of the Ted Lindsay Award.

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