The NHL Awards ceremony at the Palms Las Vegas was definitely a mixed bag of genuine emotion, interesting entertainment, drunken merriment and funny soundbites.
The only aspect I still can’t wrap my brain around is why in the world was Snoop Dogg part of any of this? Now, I can understand why there was a Cirque performance (they were in Vegas, after all), but how often do you put “hockey” and “rap” in the same sentence?
Anyway, moving away from that befuddlement, the festivities were finally aired someplace besides NHL.com – VERSUS – for whom hockey has been very good and don’t forget, they’ll be broadcasting the DRAFT as well!
Okay, since this is all about the Ducks, let’s start with the Bobby vs. Ryan sketch. Wait, that sounds confusing. It’s not Bobby Ryan vs. himself in some sort of MPD fantasy land, its Bobby Ryan vs. Ryan Getzlaf! Oh, and the painting really was done by Bobby. My favourite quotes from Bobby: “Everyone says Canadians are so nice and you know what? NOT TRUE.” and “If that guy calls me ‘Silver’ one more time, I’m gonna lose it.” Let’s have a look, shall we?
Not all the jokes were all that great, but as the MC Jay Mohr said to a heckler, “Hey, how many hockey jokes have YOU had to write?”
Here are a few of the funnies:
Jay Mohr: (referring to Alex Ovechkin) That’s a big, scary man. After here, he’s gonna go into the Pacific Northwest and scare some campers…is he laughing?
Mark Wahlberg: This is Vegas and a lot of Canadians here too, so pretty much everybody’s drunk, right?
Detroit Redwings’ Pavel Datsuk: (accepting the Selke) I want to thank Management…for paying me…
Phoenix Coyotes Coach, Dave Tippett: (accepting the Jack Adams) It’s one of those nights where a lot of people stand up and thank their owners…I would do that except I don’t know all 29 of them.
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis: (accepting the Lady Byng) I owe this award to Brad Richards because he told me that Christmas cards to the Referees works all the time.
Here’s the rundown:CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY – Award for outstanding rookie Winner: Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres Nominees: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche; Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY – • Award for outstanding defensive forward Winner: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings Nominees: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks; Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins HART MEMORIAL TROPHY – Awarded to most valuable player to his team Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Nominees: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals My Two Cents: Woohoo! What an upset! As Henrik said, now his brother can’t say he’s the better player. JACK ADAMS AWARD – Award for outstanding coach Winner: Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes Nominees: Joe Sacco, Colorado Avalanche; Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators My Two Cents: Don’t you feel just a little sorry for Wayne? JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY – Award for outstanding defenseman Winner: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks Nominees: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; Mike Green, Washington Capitals My Two Cents: NOT Doughty?! I’m in shock! MASTERTON TROPHY – Awarded to player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey” Winner: Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals Nominees: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jed Ortmeyer, San Jose Sharks LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY – Awarded to the player who displays sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct Winner: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning Nominees: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; Brad Richards, Dallas Stars My Two Cents: Finally! Someone besides a guy named after a Star Trek character won! TED LINDSAY AWARD – Awarded to the most outstanding player as voted by fellow NHLPA members Winner: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks My Two Cents: Okay, we’ve got most outstanding player, now how about Biggest Showboater? VEZINA TROPHY – Award for outstanding goaltender Winner: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres Nominees: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils; Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes My Two Cents: Should’ve been Bryzgy; talk about a guy who carried his team!
Tags: Alex Ovechkin Anaheim Awards Bobby Ryan Brad Richards Canadians Coyotes Dave Tippett Detroit Redwings Draft Ducks Guy Lafleur Hockey Ice Jay Mohr Lady Byng Las Vegas Mark Wahlberg Martin St. Louis NHL Palms Pavel Datsuk Phoenix Post-Season Ryan Getzlaf Selke Tampa Bay Lightning VERSUS