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By Skyler Hardegree

NHL Awards

There are several popular awards given out in hockey each year to recognize the top players, coaches, and teams in the sport. Some of the most notable awards include:

 

The Hart Memorial Trophy:

This award is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team during the regular season. It is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) and is considered to be the most prestigious individual award in the NHL.

 

The James Norris Memorial Trophy:

This award is given to the NHL's top defenseman during the regular season. It is voted on by the PHWA and is considered to be one of the most coveted awards for defensemen.

 

The Vezina Trophy:

This award is given to the NHL's top goaltender during the regular season. It is voted on by the general managers of all 31 NHL teams.

 

The Calder Memorial Trophy:

This award is given to the NHL's top rookie during the regular season. It is voted on by the PHWA.

 

The Jack Adams Award:

This award is given to the NHL's top coach during the regular season. It is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

 

The Mark Messier Leadership Award:

This award is given to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities on and off the ice, to his team, and who has made a positive impact in his community.

 

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:

This award is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

 

The Conn Smythe Trophy:

This award is given to the most valuable player during the playoffs.

 

These awards are given out to recognize the top players, coaches, and teams in the sport, and to recognize their achievements and contributions to the game of hockey. They are also intended to promote excellence in the sport, and to inspire players to strive for the highest levels of performance.