Morning Free Association: NHL Awards 2022

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Thanks to the Covid pandemic, it’s been 3 years since the NHL last held their annual awards show, not that anyone actually cared. The NHL has awarded their various trophies since then just not with everyone gathered in the same auditorium. Indeed, not everyone was in that room since they cheaped out by announcing certain winners on Twitter during the playoffs, like our own perfect defensively responsible captain, Patrice Bergeron and his record fifth Selke win. At least former Mighty Duck star and current SNL repertory player, Kenan Thompson was having fun.

This was the first time the awards were broadcast on ESPN. Curiously the awards were given a strict 60 minutes of airtime and it felt like it. Normally these things are dragged out so that you can see the truly dull side of hockey with bizarre performance pieces in between. While Thompson is great fun and has a genuine enthusiasm for hockey, his jokes never seem to go over well with the hockey elite in the room. Of course, all those players are probably wondering why they’re there and don’t see a puck.

In that hour the winners were announced for the Vezina (best goalie), Calder (Best Rookie), Ted Lindsay (best player as voted by other players), GM of the Year, and finally the Hart.

Six minutes in the Vezina was awarded to Igor Shesterkin.

Prior to the event, the 26 year-old netminder shared a moment and hair secrets with Emily Kaplan.

Next up the Calder went to my favorite young defenseman on another team (German, 6’4″, puck mover, bowtie wearer), Moritz Seider.

If you were wondering how Jeremy Swayman placed for Calder, he was 5th.

I have no qualms, I would’ve picked Seider as well.

Swayman did make the All-Rookie Team.

Then Auston Matthews won the first of his two awards on the night, the Ted Lindsay.

Roman Josi, who scored 96 points this season, was bested by Cale Makar for the Norris. Usually voters are lazy and go with the top point producer but this time they wanted a Canadian dude to win.

Once a favourite to win the Norris, Charlie McAvoy was just behind the top 3 vote getters.

Finally, Auston Matthews won the Hart, which in my mind is a controversial pick; it really matters how you interpret the award as in the most valuable player in the league or to his team because there are arguments to be made that both Connor McDavid and Igor Shesterkin were more valuable to their teams. Personally, I would have picked Shesterkin.

The moment of the night was right at the end just after Matthews accepted his award when Kenan Thompson dropped this bomb:

Honestly, it was worth watching just for that.

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Morning all.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Springfield hosting game 3 of the CCF tonight! We, of course can not attend. I went to some Eastern Conference playoffs there twenty odd years ago. The Civic Center will be rockin’

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That parting shot from Thompson was gold!

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I felt a little bad about the Leafs fans getting bent out of shape for having their noses officially rubbed in it – that is until I noticed they were so salty about the their 26yo candidate not getting the Calder, or anyone who didn’t vote for Mathews for either award.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I feel the Leaf Nation is becoming off limits to comedy. It’s like making fun of handicapped people. Not cool.

Satan 81's Sister
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I remind myself of how obnoxious Boston sports fans were before we won stuff. And how obnoxious we are since we have won stuff! lol

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Good morning,
Personally, i thought Josi deserved the Norris this season. He was the only dman to lead his team in scoring. He could have been a Hart Trophy candidate. Makar is amazing. He will win more.
We are still riding it out. Jo’s fever is gone. Other family members have tested – negative. We can’t figure out how we got it, TBH. Doing a 7 day trial of Acorn TV, binging everything!

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Josi was the obvious choice, though the PHWA has been wanting to give Makar the Norrris for his entire NHL career.

Glad to hear that Jo is getting better!