2012 NHL Awards Finalists – Who We’d Pick


The NHL Awards will take place in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 20th.  This year the nominees are in tough as many of the awards feature three finalists that all deserve to win the award.  If The Hockey Fanatics had a vote or were part of  the Hockey Writers’ Association here are our selections for each of the NHL awards.

The NHL awards are voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers‘ Association.

2012 NHL Awards Finalists

Calder Trophy – NHL Rookie of the Year

We have already posted on who we think the Calder Trophy should go to this year.  The nominees are:

New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog
Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Hockey Fanatics Pick:  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton Oilers

Selke Trophy – Top Defensive Forward

St. Louis Blues’ David Backes
Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins
Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

GM of the Year

Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues
David Poile of the Nashville Predators
Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers

Lady Byng Finalists – NHL’s Most Gentlemanly Player

Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell
Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle
New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson

Hockey Fanatics Pick:  Jordan Eberle – Edmonton Oilers

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy – awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson
Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul
Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Daniel Alfresson – Ottawa Senators


Vezina Trophy – Goalie of the Year.

The Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist
The Kings’ Jonathan Quick
The Predators’ Pekka Rinne

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Johnathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings

Norris Trophy – Defenseman of the Year.

Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins
Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators
Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Shea Weber – Nashville Predators

NHL Foundation Player Award – presented to “an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.

Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators
John-Michael Liles of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Mike Fisher – Nashville Predators

Hart Trophy – NHL MVP

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers


Jack Adams Award – NHL Coach of the Year

Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues
Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators
John Tortorella of the New York Rangers

Hockey Fanatics Pick: Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues (just edging out Paul MacLean from Ottawa).

Ted Lindsay Award – NHL’s Outstanding Player voted on by the NHLPA

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist

Hockey Fanatics Pick:  Steve Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning

Mark Messier Leadership Award – awarded to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice.

Nominees to be announced

Hockey Fanatics Pick:  Shane Doan – Phoenix Coyotes

King Clancy Memorial Trophy - is an annual award given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Nominees to be announced

Hockey Fanatics Pick:


Rocket Richard Trophy – Most Goals Scored – Already determined

Past Recipients
Year Player Team Goals
2012 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 60
2011 Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks 50
2010 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 51
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 51
2009 Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals 56
2008 Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals 65
2007 Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning 52
2006 Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose Sharks 56
2004 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 41
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets 41
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers 41
2003 Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 50
2002 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 52
2001 Pavel Bure Florida Panthers 59
2000 Pavel Bure Florida Panthers 58
1999 Teemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 47

Art Ross Trophy – Most Points – already determined

past Recipients
Year Player Team
2012 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
2011 Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
2010 Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
2009 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
2008 Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
2007 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
2006 Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks
2004 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
2003 Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalance
2002 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames
2001 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins
2000 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins
1999 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins
1998 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins
1997 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1996 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1995 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins
1994 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1993 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1992 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1991 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1990 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1989 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1988 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1987 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1986 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1985 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1984 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1983 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1982 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1981 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1980 Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings
1979 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders
1978 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
1977 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
1976 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
1975 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1974 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
1973 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
1972 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
1971 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
1970 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1969 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
1968 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1967 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1966 Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks
1965 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1964 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1963 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1962 Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks
1961 Bernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens
1960 Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks
1959 Dickie Moore Montreal Canadiens
1958 Dickie Moore Montreal Canadiens
1957 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1956 Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens
1955 Bernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens
1954 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1953 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1952 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1951 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1950 Ted Lindsay Detroit Red Wings
1949 Roy Conacher Chicago Blackhawks
1948 Elmer Lach Montreal Canadiens

Jennings Awards – Fewest Goals Allowed – already determined

Recipients
Year Player Team
2012 Brian Elliott/Jaroslav Halak St. Louis Blues
2011 Roberto Luongo/Cory Schneider Vancouver Canucks
2010 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
2009 Tim Thomas/Manny Fernandez Boston Bruins
2008 Dominik Hasek/Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings
2007 Niklas Backstrom/Manny Fernandez Minnesota Wild
2006 Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames
2004 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
2003 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
Roman Cechmanek/Robert Esche Philadelphia Flyers
2002 Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche
2001 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres
2000 Roman Turek St. Louis Blues
1999 Ed Belfour/Roman Turek Dallas Stars
1998 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
1997 Martin Brodeur/Mike Dunham New Jersey Devils
1996 Chris Osgood/Mike Vernon Detroit Red Wings
1995 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks
1994 Dominik Hasek/Grant Fuhr Buffalo Sabres
1993 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks
1992 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens
1991 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks
1990 Andy Moog/Rejean Lemelin Boston Bruins
1989 Patrick Roy/Brian Hayward Montreal Canadiens
1988 Patrick Roy/Brian Hayward Montreal Canadiens
1987 Patrick Roy/Brian Hayward Montreal Canadiens
1986 Bob Froese/Darren Jensen Philadelphia Flyers
1985 Tom Barrasso/Bob Sauve Buffalo Sabres
1984 Al Jensen/Pat Riggin Washington Capitals
1983 Roland Melanson/Billy Smith New York Islanders
1982 Rick Wamsley/Denis Herron Montreal Canadiens

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