Nikita Kucherov won the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday, receiving the NHL’s highest honors for his 128-point regular season for the Lightning.
The Russian right wing also formally picked up the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer at the hockey world’s annual Las Vegas ceremony.
Kucherov, 26, received 164 of 171 first-place votes in the voting for the Hart Trophy.
“It’s a huge night for me and my family,” Kucherov said. “But the main thing is (the) Stanley Cup. We want to make sure we work harder than we thought we did (last season). All these individual (awards), it’s obviously nice, but the main thing is (the) Stanley Cup for me.”
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Kucherov’s teammate, won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in another bittersweet recognition of the Lightning, who won 62 of 82 regular-season games before being swept by Columbus in the first round of the playoffs.
Calgary’s Mark Giordano won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman, with the Sharks’ Brent Burns second in the voting. Vancouver forward Elias Pettersson, 20, won the Calder Trophy given to the league’s top rookie, and Ryan O’Reilly added his first Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward to the Blues’ Stanley Cup victory.
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The Islanders’ Barry Trotz won his second Jack Adams Award as the best coach and the Bruins’ Don Sweeney was named the league’s top general manager.
Trotz beat out Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper and St. Louis’ Craig Berube for the Adams trophy, which is based on regular-season performance. Trotz also won the award with the Capitals three years ago.
After winning the Stanley Cup and subsequently leaving Washington last summer, Trotz engineered an impressive one-season turnaround for his new team. New York went 48-27-7 for a 23-point increase from 2018 and its best single-season total since 1983-84, even after losing All-Star center John Tavares to the Maple Leafs via free agency.
Trotz took a moment after accepting the award to honor his goalie, Robin Lehner, who won the Masterton Trophy — for which Sharks center Joe Thornton was a finalist — as the player exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Lehner had an outstanding season after revealing during training camp that he has struggled with addiction and bipolar disorder.
“I’m not ashamed to say I’m mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean mentally weak,” Lehner said after accepting his award.
Minnesota forward Jason Zucker won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions to hockey. Zucker has done extensive fundraising for children’s causes in Minnesota.
Florida center Aleksander Barkov won his first Lady Byng Trophy as the player best combining sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability. Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
Briefly: Center Kevin Hayes signed a seven-year, $50 million deal with the Flyers. Hayes, 27, had 19 goals and 36 assists last season with the Rangers and Jets. Philadelphia dealt a fifth-round pick to Winnipeg this month for the rights to Hayes — who was eligible to be an unrestricted free agent. The move gave the Flyers exclusive negotiating rights with him until Sunday. … The Ducks bought out the final two years of 2010-11 MVP Corey Perry’s contract, ending the forward’s 14-season run with the team. Perry, 34, had six goals and four assists in 31 games last season. … The NHL approved the sale of the Coyotes to Los Angeles billionaire Alex Meruelo.
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