Edmonton's Connor McDavid wins first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Posted June 27, 2017

The NHL's yearly awards were announced in Las Vegas on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena as part of the expansion draft announcements by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Matthews led all first-year players this season and tied for second in the league with 40 goals, including four in his NHL debut.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid will appear on the cover of the EA Sports NHL 18 video game.

The Newmarket, Ont., native is the first Oiler to win the Hart since Mark Messier in 1989-90. Crosby is just the second player in the National Hockey League to win the award more than twice, behind Ovechkin, who has won it six times since the award was first given out in 1999.

When the final tally was announced, McDavid had captured the Hart with 1604 voting points, defeating Crosby, who received 1104 points, and Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovksy, who finished a distant third with 469 points.

Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron finds himself in the history books following Wednesday night. "There's a huge shift in the sport of hockey right now, where a new generation of young players are bringing more speed, skill and creativity to the game than we've ever seen", said Sean Ramjagsingh, Lead Producer, NHL® 18.

Ottawa's Marc Methot and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau were among the players to miss time last season with hand injuries from slashes.

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McDavid claimed the award at the NHL's annual postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

If McDavid wins, it would be a memorable moment as nine-time victor Gretzky presents the 20-year-old Oilers star with the trophy. Second, NHL® 18 adds an authentic 3-on-3 online team play option to the fan-favorite EA SPORTS Hockey League mode, allowing for more open ice and strategic, risk-vs-reward multiplayer competition.

Craig Anderson won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for Dedication, Sportsmanship, and Dedication. Anderson left the Senators during the season to support his wife, Nicholle, in her fight against throat cancer, but returned to become Ottawa's career victories leader.

"I haven't even thought about that, to be honest with you", Crosby said. Bobrovsky and Tortorella played major roles in the Blue Jackets' revival for the best season in franchise history.

The 38-year-old veteran says severe side effects associated with medication to treat the disorder has made playing hockey next season impossible.

Burns beat out Ottawa's Erik Karlsson for the Norris in a duel of two 70-point scorers.

Additional features include the new Expansion Draft coming to Franchise Mode, Hockey Ultimate Team Solo Challenges, and a new Hockey Training Camp created to ensure players have immediate success on the ice, and much more. Watching McDavid play this year was awesome as a hockey fan, here's hoping his career doesn't fall into the same game cover curse that many other athletes have dealt with over the years.

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