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My Highlight Of The Night

Jean Beliveau receiving the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award.

I have been a strong believer the NHL needs to honor the great players of the past and involve these types of players in any way possible.

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Russian Party In Las Vegas

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal via the Montreal Gazette,

Alexander Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk led a Russian assault on the podium at the NHL Awards and will be leaving Las Vegas with armloads of hardware and winning smiles.

Ovechkin copped the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player and the Lester B. Pearson as most outstanding player, in a vote by his peers, while Datsyuk waltzed off with the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward and the Lady Byng Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly and sportsmanlike player.

“It’s pretty important when people and players give you this. I don’t want to stop. I want to be the best next year,” said Ovechkin, the Washington left-winger who easily outpolled countrymen Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin. It was a repeat Hart win for Ovechkin and the fourth straight Lady Byng for Datsyuk and his second Selke. It was a big night worthy of celebration.


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NHL 1st Team All-Stars

via Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins center Evgeni tonight was named the center on the NHL’s first-team all-star team.

Malkin, who won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer with 113 points, joins right winger Jarome Iginla of Calgary, left winger Alex Ovechkin of Washington, defensemen Zdeno Chara of Boston and Mike Green of Washington, and goaltender Tim Thomas of Boston on the first team.

added 9:54pm, 2nd team All-Stars-
G - Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets
D - Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
D - Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks
C - Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
RW - Marian Hossa, Detroit Red Wings
LW - Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils

All-Rookie Team

from NHL.com,

Western Conference players have taken five of six places on the 2008-09 NHL All-Rookie Team, the League announced today. An All-West forward line features St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund, Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg, and is joined by Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. The lone selection from the Eastern Conference is Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn.

read on

added 6/19/09, I have added the voting breakdown by position below…

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Watch The Red Carpet Ceremony From Las Vegas

Watch live from the Red Carpet at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2009 NHL Award Ceremony. Featuring interviews and guest appearances from NHL stars.

View the streaming video below, now active. The NHL Network also has a preview show starting at 6:00pm ET.

update 6:56pm, Live stream is over, this is part of what you missed… plus the NHL Awards Show can be seen on Versus at 7:30pm and CBC at 8:30pm ET.


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Resort Developer Allegedly Blows Investment Money Of NHLers

from Jeane MacIntosh of the NY Post,

Nearly two dozen NHL stars are seeking a courtroom face off with a resort developer who allegedly squandered their $25 million investment to throw debauched parties—- complete with porn stars and hookers—- for his baseball buddies Roger Clemens, Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose, according to two explosive lawsuits filed this afternoon.

The 19 former and current players—- including an all-star roster of Rangers and Islanders—- are demanding that Las Vegas-based golf course mogul Ron Jowdy return their money, plus $15 million in damages, for failing to build two luxury resorts in Mexico that are seven years behind schedule….

Among the biggest losers in the failed investment are Bryan Berard and Michael Peca, both former Ranger and Islander players, who each lost $700,000, while ex-Ranger Mattian Norstrom lost $600,000, according to the suits.

read on

added 7:12pm, TMZ has more names of the NHL players involved.

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Afternoon Line

Next on the agenda was a trip to the Playboy Club back at The Palms for another NHL event. Located on the 56th floor of the Fantasy tower, the Playboy Club showed off the Vegas Strip in all its illuminated glory. The scenery inside the club wasn’t bad either.

-Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com.  Shawn is blogging from Vegas on a pretty regular basis…

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Court Fines Lafleur And Gives Him One-Year Suspended Sentence

from the CP via TSN,

Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur has been fined $100 and given a one-year suspended sentence for giving contradictory testimony at his son’s bail hearing in 2007.

He will also be required to make a $10,000 charitable contribution to a local rehab centre.

Quebec court Judge Claude Parent handed down the sentence this afternoon in Montreal.


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Mason Does Las Vegas

from Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Hello everyone. I just spent my first afternoon in Vegas and the one thing I got out of it was blisters. We went down to the strip and walked EVERYWHERE. I can’t remember the last time I walked that much. We checked out a few of the other hotel-casinos. Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio were two of them. I gambled a lit bit – slot machines – for fun, but mostly we just took it all in.

There are a ton of shopping places here. We went to Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and there was an Elvis impersonator actually singing in one of the stores. That was pretty cool… sort of creepy, but cool. There was another place across the street from Bellagio that had a ton of stores, too.

continued (Mason is blogging from the NHL Awards Show)...

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No Comparison

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

There’s balls and then there’s balls.

Chutzpa versus cojones.

Exhibit A: Jim Balsillie; Exhibit B: Nicklas Lidstrom.

Both have taken it in the groin – one off the ice, from the courts; the other on the ice, from a hockey stick. You are invited to take the measure of each man.

We’ll start with the player, Detroit’s inestimable captain, a ferocious warrior who, despite gallant effort, was unable to capture a second straight Stanley Cup triumph for the Motor City.

How gallant?


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  Tags: jim+balsillie, nick+lidstrom

Roenick On the Awards Show In Las Vegas

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