Lightning in line for multiple NHL Awards

Tampa Bay could walk away with up to five trophies Wednesday night, adding to the Presidents’ Trophy and Art Ross Trophy already garnered for this past season.
The Lightning's Jon Cooper is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, given to the top coach in the league. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
The Lightning's Jon Cooper is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, given to the top coach in the league. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published June 17

TAMPA — It’s not a secret that the Lightning had quite the historic regular season, one where team and individual records seemed to be breaking every other game.

And while the season ended rather abruptly, the Lightning has multiple chances to take home some additional recognition from this season.

“Trophies are hard to win. They truly are,” coach Jon Cooper said after Tampa Bay clinched the Presidents’ Trophy on March 18 with a 4-1 win against Arizona. “I think when you win one, you should be damn proud of it.”

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Here are the trophies that will be awarded Wednesday night at the NHL Awards:

Hart Memorial Trophy

What: The Hart Memorial has been awarded to the league’s regular-season MVP since 1924. The honoree is selected via a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Association in all NHL cities at the end of the regular season.

Candidates: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous Lightning winners: Martin St. Louis previously won when he played on the 2003-04 Cup team.

Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov could take home the franchise's second Hart Memorial this year following Martin St. Louis, who did it in 2003-04. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov could take home the franchise's second Hart Memorial this year following Martin St. Louis, who did it in 2003-04. (DIRK SHADD | Times)


Calder Memorial Trophy

What: The Calder Memorial has been awarded to the top rookie since 1933. The winner is selected via a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season with voters selecting five players and ranking them on a 10-7-5-3-1 scale system. The finalists are names and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards after the playoffs.

Candidates: Jordan Bennington of the St. Louis Blues, Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres and Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks

Vezina Trophy

What: The Vezina has been awarded to the best goaltenders in the league since 1927. The honor is voted on at the end of the regular season with each voter choosing three players and ranking them them on a 5-3-1 scale system. The three finalists are named and the trophy is handed out at the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Candidates: Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders, Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous Lightning winners: None

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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is up against his former mentor Ben Bishop for this year's Vezina Trophy. No goaltender in the franchise's 26-year history has ever taken home the honor before. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is up against his former mentor Ben Bishop for this year's Vezina Trophy. No goaltender in the franchise's 26-year history has ever taken home the honor before. (DIRK SHADD | Times)


James Norris Memorial Trophy

What: The James Norris has been awarded to the league’s best defenseman since 1954. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season and five players are voted on by each individual voter on a 10-7-5-3-1 scale system.

Candidates: Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous Lightning winners: Hedman previously took this honor at the end of the 2017-18 season. He is the only Lightning player to do so.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman could bring home his second Norris Trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards. Hedman took home the franchise's first Norris just last year. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman could bring home his second Norris Trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards. Hedman took home the franchise's first Norris just last year. (DIRK SHADD | Times)


Frank J. Selke Trophy

What: The Selke Trophy has been awarded to the league’s best defensive forward since 1978. The winner is selected via a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.

Candidates: Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues and Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights

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Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

What: The Lady Byng has been awarded to the league’s best player in terms of combining skill and sportsmanship since 1925. The winner is selected via a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season with each voter selecting five players and voting for them on a 10-7-5-3-1 point system. Typically, the voters look at who the players are with the least penalty minutes on the season. The three finalists are named, and the trophy is presented at the NHL Awards after the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Candidates: Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames and Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues

Jack Adams Award

What: The Adams Award has honored the best coach in the league and been presented by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association since 1974. The winner is voted on via a poll among the association’s members at the end of the regular season.

Candidates: Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues, Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders and Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous Lightning winners: Former Lightning coach and current Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella when he coached the 2003-04 team.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is up for the Jack Adams award at this year's NHL Awards ceremony. He led the team to 62 wins on the season, the most in NHL history and tying the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is up for the Jack Adams award at this year's NHL Awards ceremony. He led the team to 62 wins on the season, the most in NHL history and tying the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. (DIRK SHADD | Times)


King Clancy Memorial Trophy

What: The King Clancy is awarded to the league’s player with the most notable leadership and community contribution. The winner has been selected by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the NHL Broadcasters’ Association since its inception in 1988. It was presented by the NHL Board of Governors in 1988.

Candidates: Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild

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Ted Lindsay Award

What: The Lindsay award goes to the most outstanding player in the league, as voted upon by the NHL Players Association members since 1972.

Candidates: Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous Lightning winners: St. Louis took home the Lindsay award at the end of the Lightning’s Cup run in 2003-04.

Nikita Kucherov already has one trophy under his belt in the Art Ross Trophy, but he could also bring home the Ted Lindsay award for the first time since Martin St. Louis did in 2003-04. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Nikita Kucherov already has one trophy under his belt in the Art Ross Trophy, but he could also bring home the Ted Lindsay award for the first time since Martin St. Louis did in 2003-04. (DIRK SHADD | Times)


Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

What: The Masterton is awarded to the league’s player that best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. It has honored individual players since 1968. It’s awarded under the trusteeship of the PHWA and the winner is selected via a poll of all the chapters at the end of the regular season. A grant from the Professional Hockey Writers Association is also awarded with the trophy to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund in the winner’s name.

Candidates: Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks

Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

What: The award honors the player who has shown leadership on and off the ice and is selected by Messier himself every year. Messier takes in suggestions from the fans, clubs and NHL personnel throughout the league. Ultimately, a selection of three finalists is selected at Messier’s discretion. The award has been around since the 2006-07 season. No player has won the trophy more than once.

Candidates: Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames, Wayne Simmonds of the Nashville Predators and Justin Williams of the Carolina Hurricanes

NHL General Manager of the Year

What: The honor has been awarded to the league’s best general manager since 2010. Voting is conducted among the league’s 31 GMs and a panel of the NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.

Candidates: Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues, Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins and Don Waddell of the Carolina Hurricanes

NHL Foundation Player of the Year

What: The award has honored the league’s player who best demonstrates perseverance and teamwork on the community since 1998. It honors the player who “applies the core values of (ice) hockey — commitment, perseverance, teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.” No player has won it more than once in the award’s history and it’s closely related to the King Clancy award.

Candidates: Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild

Trophies already won

The Stanley Cup, the St. Louis Blues

The Presidents’ Trophy, the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Prince of Wales Trophy, the Boston Bruins

The Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, the St. Louis Blues

The Conn Smythe Trophy, Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues for being the MVP of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Art Ross Trophy, Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning for notching the most points in the league (128)

The Maurice Richard Trophy, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for scoring the most goals in the league (51)

The William M. Jennings Trophy, Robin Lehner/Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders for playing on the team that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season (191)

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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