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Give Moritz Seider The Calder

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Prediction: Seider. To do what he did largely at age 20 (he turned 21 April 6) as a defenseman is phenomenal. Seider had poise with the puck, didn't back down physically (remember when he got in Sidney Crosby's face during a game in January), and played in all situations. No matter how much was asked of him, he delivered. Zegras (who turned 21 in March) had the goal-scoring highlights, but excelling as a young forward isn't the same challenge as excelling as a young defenseman. Bunting paced the rookie scoring race with 63 points, but he played on a high-scoring team and he's 26.

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Below, find the NHL's press release for tonightg's awards show.

NEW YORK (June 16, 2022) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission today announced the presenters who will join Emmy Award-winning actor and host Kenan Thompson for the 2022 NHL Awards™ on Tuesday, June 21. The televised celebration of the League’s best regular-season performances will be broadcast live from Tampa, Fla., at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN in the U.S. and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

 

The presenters for the 2022 NHL Awards include individuals whose stories of resilience moved and inspired the hockey community this season. Among the presenters will be Seattle Kraken fan Nadia Popovici, who rose to worldwide fame after pointing out a cancerous mole on the neck of Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager Red Hamilton. Popovici and Hamilton will reunite as part of the broadcast.

 

Other inspiring figures presenting during the live show include Calgary Flames assistant general manager and ALS survivor and advocate Chris Snow as well as his wife, Kelsie, and children, Cohen and Willa; Milton Academy (Mass.) hockey player Jake Thibeault, who was paralyzed by an injury in September 2021; and emergency backup goalie Thomas Hodges, who overcame blindness in one eye to play in a game for the Anaheim Ducks this season. Martin Lafleur, the son of the late Guy Lafleur, also will present an award.

 

“To be able to highlight some of the most moving stories and inspirational figures from the past year in hockey on this year’s show is awesome,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Senior Executive Vice President. “With all eyes on the game’s best players, we hope to also recognize these great individuals whose presence in Tampa is sure to be an emotional highlight of the evening.”

 

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Ashley Brewer, ESPN and NHL Network personality Kevin Weekes, and Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada personalities David Amber and Elliotte Friedman also will present.

 

The 2022 NHL Awards will reveal the winners of five awards – the Hart Trophy (most valuable player), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender), Norris Trophy (top defenseman), Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) and Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the National Hockey League Players’ Association).

 

In addition, Noel Acton, the winner of the 2022 Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award presented by MassMutual, and the winner of the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence – given to the draft prospect who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism – will be recognized during the live show. The finalists for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award also will be revealed.

 

NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social™ will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2022 NHL Awards. Fans can follow the festivities across the NHL’s social media channels via the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

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SYF's avatar

Zegras is gonna win it because the writers don’t believe a defenseman is this good so soon.

Yes, that’s my cynicism speaking.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/21/22 at 12:18 PM ET

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