Colorado's MacKinnon wins most outstanding player, Chicago's Bedard named top rookie at NHL awards

Thu, Jun 27, 2024
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Colorado's MacKinnon wins most outstanding player, Chicago's Bedard named top rookie at NHL awards

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon won the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player at the NHL awards show on Thursday night and Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard was selected as the league's top rookie, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Bedard, one of the most-hyped prospects in recent years, was last year's No. 1 overall draft pick by the Blackhawks and led all rookies with 61 points. He also was first with 22 goals and his 39 assists tied for the lead as well.

Brock Faber of the Minnesota Wild and Luke Hughes of the New Jersey Devils were the other contenders.

MacKinnon had a career-high 140 points this season. He won the award for the first time. He opened the season with a 35-game points streak at home, second all-time only to Wayne Gretzky.

The awards go to the league's top players as voted on by the NHL Players Association.

MacKinnon finished the season with 54 goals and 89 assists, edging out Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Awards announced earlier include:

- Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov won the Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward for the second time in four years.

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- Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. He also won it in 2021.

- Rick Tocchet received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year. He led the Vancouver Canucks to the Pacific Division title.

- Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill was named the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award winner.

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