Jets’ Ladd, Ducks’ Getzlaf, Hawks’ Toews this year’s finalists for Mark Messier Leadership Award

Andrew Ladd (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Winnipeg Jets winger Andrew Ladd, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Chicago Blackhawks superstar Jonathan Toews are the finalists for this season’s Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, the league announced Monday.

All three finalists are captains for their respective teams, and one of the three will win their first Messier Leadership Award, which since the 2006-07 campaign recognizes one individual “who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season”. Read more

Brent Burns, Mark Giordano, Henrik Lundqvist named NHL Foundation Award finalists

Brent Burns San Jose Sharks

The ultimate act of benevolence is to do something good for someone else with little attention or fanfare for yourself. Fitting, then, that the NHL Foundation Award is among the league’s lesser-known annual honors. It’s awarded to the NHL player  ”who applies the core values of (ice) hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

Like with the Masterton Trophy, each team nominated one of its players. A judging panel then voted, producing three top vote getters as finalists. The finalists are:

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Top 5 Conn Smythe performances in honor of the trophy’s 50th year

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Jonathan Quick is handed the Conn Smythe Trophy by Gary Bettman. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It was 50 years ago today that Jean Beliveau, the Montreal Canadiens legend, was named the first ever recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Beliveau paced Montreal with eight goals and 16 points in 1964-65, as the Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Chicago Blackhawks. At the time, it was one of the best playoff performances and it would take five years before a player, the legendary Bobby Orr (9 goals, 20 points), won the trophy with a better offensive performance.

Since Beliveau’s win a half-century ago, however, there have been many players who have carved out a small piece of history for themselves with remarkable post-season performances that helped them capture of Conn Smythe honors. These are the five best: Read more

Bill Masterton Trophy finalists: Wild’s Devan Dubnyk, Penguins’ Kris Letang and Senators’ Andrew Hammond

Kris Letang (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL announced Thursday the three finalists for this season’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player best exemplifying “the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey”: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, and Ottawa Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. Read more

Habs’ Carey Price, Isles’ John Tavares and Caps’ Alex Ovechkin named finalists for Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

John Tavares (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

The NHL announced Wednesday this year’s finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player: Montreal Canadiens goaltending dynamo Carey Price, New York Islanders captain John Tavares, and Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. And although it could be a closer race than many believe, the sense among more than a few media members is that the award is likely to go to Price. Read more

Your 2014-15 Norris Trophy finalists: P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson

Drew Doughty (Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL announced its three finalists in Norris Trophy voting this season - Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty – and the fact none of the three were finalists in 2013-14 says something about the calibre of defenseman currently working in hockey’s top league. Read more

Johnny Gaudreau, Aaron Ekblad and Mark Stone named finalists for Calder Trophy

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Johnny Gaudreau (Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Thursday evening the NHL continued its week of rolling out the finalists for the major awards, as Calgary Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau, Florida Panthers blueliner Aaron Ekblad and Ottawa Senators right winger Mark Stone were named finalists for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Late-season pushes by Gaudreau and Stone to shoot up through the rookie scoring race were enough to get them nods for the end-of-season hardware, while Ekblad’s stellar and often times outstanding play on the blueline for the Panthers had him as close to a lock for a nomination as a player could get. Surprisingly absent from the finalists, however, is Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg, who for much of the season led the scoring race and appeared to have the trophy wrapped up by the all-star break. Read more

This year’s Selke Trophy finalists identical to last year’s: Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and Anze Kopitar

Patrice Bergeron (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive season, the finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward are the same three NHL star centers: Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and L.A.’s Anze Kopitar. And the latter is looking to win his first this time around. Read more