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Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman receive league honors from their peers

Tampa Bay standouts voted best at their positions in NHLPA player poll.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his game wining overtime goal along with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as the Bolts beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 at Amalie Arena, on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his game wining overtime goal along with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as the Bolts beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 at Amalie Arena, on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 17
Updated Jun. 17

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and defenseman Victor Hedman are already finalists for the top NHL awards at their position, and on Thursday, they each received a special honor from fellow players.

A vote of nearly 500 players selected Vasilevskiy as this season’s top goaltender and Hedman as the league’s top defenseman in this year’s NHL Players Association player poll.

Hedman won the award for the third straight season, but never by such a large margin of victory. Hedman received 64.71 percent of the player vote.

Nashville’s Roman Josi, last year’s Norris Trophy winner, and Colorado’s Cale Makar each received 7.35 percent. The Kings’ Drew Doughty (2.73 percent) and Caps’ John Carlson (2.10) rounded out the top five.

Vasilevskiy ended Montreal goaltender Carey Price’s three-season reign as the top goaltender award winner. He also won by a huge margin, receiving 54.12 percent of the vote. Las Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury was second with 8.88 percent and Price (8.25 percent), Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyk (5.07) and Boston’s Tuukka Rask (4.02) rounded out the top five.

Vasilevskiy is also a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given to the league’s top goaltender and selected by a vote of the league’s general managers.

Related: Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy a Vezina Trophy finalist

Hedman is a Norris Trophy finalist. That award is given to the league’s top defenseman as decided by a vote of the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Related: Lightning’s Victor Hedman named a Norris Trophy finalist

Both of those awards will be announced during a 30-minute program sometime during the Stanley Cup final.

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