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Lightning's Johnson, Palat among Calder Trophy finalists

Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson, left, and Ondrej Palat, right, are among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the NHL's rookie of the year.

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Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson, left, and Ondrej Palat, right, are among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the NHL's rookie of the year.

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Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the NHL's rookie of the year. Colorado's Nathan McKinnon is the other finalist.

The Lightning is the first team with two Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick
Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third in 2008.

The winner will be announced during the NHL Awards show June 24 in Las Vegas.
at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the
United States and CBC in Canada.

Here is a news release on the announcement:

 

JOHNSON, MacKINNON AND PALAT VOTED CALDER TROPHY FINALISTS


NEW YORK (April 23, 2014) -- Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat
of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche
are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is
awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of
competition," the National Hockey League announced today. The Lightning is
the first club to boast multiple Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick
Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted
ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with
the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be
announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater
at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the
United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical
order:

Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

Johnson scored 24 goals to set a Lightning rookie record and tie
MacKinnon for the lead among NHL rookies. He tied for the overall League
lead in shorthanded goals (five) and tallied five power-play goals,
becoming the second rookie in NHL history to record five of each in one
season (Dennis Maruk, 1975-76). Johnson also led all rookies in total ice
time (1,540:20) and face-offs (1,275). Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay
in March 2011, Johnson is the first undrafted Calder finalist since Chicago
goaltender Ed Belfour took top honors in 1991.

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

MacKinnon topped all first-year players in points (63), goals
(24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied)
and shots (241). The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft tallied at
least one point in 13 consecutive games from Jan. 25 to March 6 (5-13-18),
breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for the longest single-season point
streak by a player age 18 or younger (12 games). MacKinnon is the fourth
Avalanche player voted a Calder finalist in the past eight years, joining
Paul Stastny (2nd in 2007), Matt Duchene (3rd in 2010) and Gabriel
Landeskog (1st in 2012).

Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning

Palat ranked second among rookie scorers with 23-36--59, three points
shy of Brad Richards' Lightning rookie record of 62 points in 2000-01.
Palat was the League's top rookie threat over the second half of the
season, leading all first-year players in scoring after Jan. 1 (17-27--44
in 42 GP, including 14 multiple-point games) and earning NHL Rookie of the
Month honors for January and March. He posted an eight-game point streak
from Dec. 23-Jan. 9, the longest ever by a Lightning rookie, and led all
first-year players in plus-minus (+32).

History

From 1936-37 until his death in 1943, NHL President Frank Calder
purchased a trophy each year to be given permanently to the NHL's
outstanding rookie. After Calder's death, the League presented the Calder
Trophy in his memory.

Announcement Schedule

The NHL is announcing the three finalists for its regular-season
awards through May 6. The remaining announcement schedule:

Thursday, April 24
Selke Trophy (forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)

Friday, April 25
Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)

Monday, April 28
Norris Trophy (top defenseman)

Tuesday, April 29
Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone

Wednesday, April 30
Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)

Thursday, May 1
Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team)

Friday, May 2
NHL Foundation Player Award (community service)

Monday, May 5
Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the players)

Tuesday, May 6
Jack Adams Award (top head coach)

 

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