On Thursday, the NHL announced that Lidstrom – along with Washington’s Mike Green and Boston’s Zdeno Chara – are finalists for the Norris, which is decided via an end-of-season vote by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
“It’s fun, it’s always an honor to be nominated,” the Wings’ captain said. “I know both Green and Chara have had solid years too, so I’m honored to be one of the three. “
According to the league, Thursday’s Norris nomination is Lidstrom’s 10th since 1998.
The Norris winner will be announced at the NHL Award Show from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 18.
That's the NHL's theme for the 2008-09 season and it's an apt question when it comes to the nominees for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the League's most gentlemanly player.
Is this the year that Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis reverses the outcome of the Lady Byng voting the past two seasons and unseats Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who is seeking his fourth straight Lady Byng?
Both players are among the finalists this year, along with New Jersey Devils left winger Zach Parise. They will be on hand for the 2009 NHL Awards, which will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on June 18 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.
Kris Draper knows what it takes to be called the best two-way player in the game. After all, he was recognized once as the league’s best defensive forward, winning the Frank Selke Trophy following the 2003-04 season.
So when Draper speaks of high-scoring Pavel Datsyuk’s innate ability to equally shine as the league’s best defensive forward, he does so with similar credentials as a past recipient of the Frank Selke Trophy.
As expected Tuesday, the NHL announced that Datsyuk is one of three finalists for the prestigious award, which is annually voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular-season. He won the award last season, receiving 62 votes – including 43 first-place votes – on the 134 submitted ballots.
DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk completed a unique hockey hat trick on Wednesday when the NHL announced its three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy.
For Datsyuk, the Hart nomination is the third award that the Red Wings’ star is up for this year. He is also a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy and the Frank Selke Trophy.
Datsyuk will learn his fate -- along with fellow Hart nominees, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin -- when the winners are announced at the NHL Award Show from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 18.
The problem every year with the Bill Masterton Trophy is that when you read the supporting material for each candidate, you come away thinking he ought to win. Then you read the qualifications of the next candidate and think he ought to win. And so on.
So, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has a very difficult annual task in determining the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey."
Once again, three deserving finalists are in the running in 2009, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, Florida Panthers right winger Richard Zednik and Nashville Predators left winger Steve Sullivan.
They will be on hand for the 2009 NHL Awards, which will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on June 18 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada. Tickets to the 2009 NHL Awards are on sale at ticketmaster.com/nhlawards and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.
Congrats to Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Chelios! Good Luck in June!