According to the Canadian Press on Tuesday, three Canadian Olympic gold medalists won prestigious National Hockey League awards at a ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Hart Trophy, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks won the Norris Trophy and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins won the Selke Trophy.
Crosby, from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, won his second Hart Trophy of his career. During the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season, Crosby led the National Hockey League in assists with 68 and points with 104. Crosby previously won the Hart Trophy in 2007, only his second full season with the Penguins. Crosby also won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in points and the Ted Lindsay Award, presented to the NHL’s most valuable player which is voted by members of the NHL Players’ Association.
To win the Hart Trophy, Crosby beat out Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and fellow Canadian Olympic gold medalist Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks. Crosby, Getzlaf, and Giroux were the top three point leaders in the NHL this season.
Keith, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, won his second Norris Trophy, presented to the best defenseman in the National Hockey League. Keith previously won the Norris Trophy in 2010. This season, Keith led all NHL defensemen with 55 assists and was a major contributor to a Blackhawks team that had 107 regular season points. Keith beat out Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and fellow Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators to win the award.
Bergeron, from L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec won his second Selke Trophy, presented to the best defensive forward in the National Hockey League. Bergeron previously won the Selke Trophy in 2012. Bergeron was second in the NHL in the plus/minus category at +38 this season, one behind teammate David Krejci, who was a +39. Bergeron beat out Stanley Cup champion Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and fellow Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bergeron also won the the 2014 NHL Foundation Player Award. He was also named by fans to be on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 2015 video game.
Bergeron, Keith and Crosby all won the gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Three Colorado Avalanche players won awards. They were Patrick Roy for the Jack Adams (NHL coach of the year), Nate MacKinnon for the Calder Trophy (NHL rookie of the year), and Ryan O’Reilly (NHL gentlemanly player). The other award winner was Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins for the Vezina Trophy (top goaltender).