Thursday, June 18, 2009

NHL Awards in Las Vegas...and not on live TV in Canada

Alexander Ovechkin (Richard Trophy) and Evgeni Malkin (Art Ross Trophy)

The 2009 NHL Awards are upon us.

Naturally they are in that hockey hotbed of Las Vegas, NV.

Why you ask? No, it’s not to kick Mats “PokerStars” Sundin’s butt in the poker room at the Palms.

Am I the only one who sees between the lines for Gary Bettman’s ultimate plan to move the Coyotes here?

Well what a rip! I realize that the awards are being blogged in advance on

Show is being showed live in the US on Versus but tape-delayed in Canada...

Thanks NHL/CBC... That "Just for Laughs- Gags" was a real bonus.

Dennis Leary narrates a cool intro to the show.

Then a good intro is ruined by Chaka Khan and Robin don't got the magic!

Jeremy Roenick, Michael Buble? and Kevin Connoly?? introduce Talbot and Malkin to acknowledge the Pens Cup win.

Band music: Are they going to use that crap for every intro? Yes!

Classy reception for Vladimir Konstantinov when he takes the stage.

Steve Mason takes the Calder, Datsyuk gets the Selke.

Alexander Ovechkin picks up the Pearson award.

Masterton Trophy: Steve Sullivan especially thanked his teammates "for never stopping to believe in me."

Lady Byng Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk

Jennings Award: a freebie for Manny Fernandez who rode Tim Thomas' coatails.

The "Unoriginal and not that funny award" goes too...Gerry Dee

The Oilers Ethan Moreau wins the King Clancy award.

OK the guy with the fan fave award for Roberto Luongo: Was there no wardrobe budget???? Seriously, that suit was retro when the Sands Casino was torn down.

Clearly no music budget either....Chaka Khan again!

To the writers of the jokes on this show: Half the audience doesn't speak english!

Vezina presentaion: Tony O! Lay off the Botox!

Vezina Winner: Like him or not, Tim Thomas is a humble and very grateful guy.

Adams: Nice to see Pat Burns on hand. The man is fighting cancer for a third time! No surprise tha it goes to Clade Julien.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who was presenting with Burns, looking around thinking: "I can't even save this sinking ship."

Kevin Connoly: He's there because????????

Norris: Chara wins...The show could have been saved right now if Eminem came rushing on the stage, mistaking Chara for Sasha Baren Cohen a.k.a Bruno.

Chara acknowledges how, like Datsyuk, he was told he would never get past the junior level. Then encourages other kids to never give up.

Gary Bettman: House mike volumes lowered to mask the boos from the fans seating... Put a fiddle in his hands and he's Nero...

Jean Beliveau receives a Lifetime Acheivement Award: If only half the current NHL players could have the class and dignity that he STILL has. Teamate Yvon Cournoyer also in attendance along with fellow Canadiens Ambassador Rejean Houle.

Hart presentation: Fedorov presenting...Guess the KHL rumour was false. Michael Buble again?

Ovechkin wins it: Big surprise... "I like playing in Canadian city but right now my favourite town is Washington"... Hmmmmm otherwise translated: "I want outta here" in a non-Heatly way.

It's over! Thank-you Vegas! You won't see us again!

2008-2009 NHL First All-Star Team

G - Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
D - Mike Green, Washington Capitals
D - Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
C - Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
RW - Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
LW - Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

2008-2009 NHL Second All-Star Team

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

2008-2009 NHL All-Rookie Team

G- Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets

D- Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

D- Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs

F- Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues

F- Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks

F- Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks

No comments: