Welp, the 2011 NHL Awards are all over and, even though they had four different chances to win, the Preds came up empty handed this year. Pekka Rinne was up for the Vezina, Shea Weber for the Norris, Barry Trotz for the Jack Adams and David Poile for GM of the Year. Here are the winners from tonight’s award ceremony.
Hart Memorial Trophy – Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks
James Norris Trophy – Nicklas Lindstrom – Detroit Red Wings
Vezina Trophy – Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy – Jeff Skinner – Carolina Hurricanes
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy – Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay
Frank J. Selke Trophy – Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks
Jack Adams Award – Dan Bylsma – Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy – Ian Laperriere – Philadelphia
Ted Lindsay Award – Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
Bridgestone Messier Leadership Award – Zdeno Chara – Boston
NHL Foundation Award – Dustin Brown – L.A. Kings
Maurice Richard Trophy – Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks
Art Ross Trophy – Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
William M. Jennings Trophy – Roberto Luongo – Vancouver
General Manager of the Year – Mike Gillis – Vancouver Canucks
Not all was lost, however. Shea Weber was named first-team All-Star by the league and Pekka Rinne was named to the second team! It also seems the guys were all too behind in votes from the actual winners. However, I was highly disappointed in some of the “celebrities” they chose to announce winners. Chris Angel? Donnie Osmond? And what about those two girls who pronounced St. Louis’ name as the the city?! It’s pronounced San Louie! That, and it seemed like everyone was reading of cue cards because they knew absolutely nothing about hockey. I’m sure there were more idiotic moments, so feel free to comment some I missed.
And how about all of the awards going to Vancouver? Oh well, just not the Predators’ year. I still don’t believe the league takes Nashville seriously and that sucks. We’re proving ourselves as a key player in the Western Conference, but for some reason, the league just doesn’t believe in a team from Music City. Don’t worry, we have the most loyal fans and players that love the game, which is what counts the most. No cheaters here, Canucks!