Wayne Gretzky to present Hart Trophy at NHL Awards

Ten days after the Pittsburgh Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second straight year, the NHL honored its best and brightest Wednesday night at the 2017 NHL Awards show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The native of Ontario scored 30 goals while adding 70 assists, which led the league and led Edmonton to its first appearance in the playoffs in the past 11 years.

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid poses for a photo with the Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in the interview room during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena.

Lastly, thanks to an overwhelming amount of votes from the Professional Hockey Writers Association, McDavid took home the Hart Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player.

"I'm so proud to play in Edmonton, so proud to be an Oiler, and so proud to play with the guys", said the Ontario-born center, who also won the Ted Lindsay award for best player in the league, in a vote of his peers. Last season, he was nominated for and won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year, and he has come a long way since then. Picking the 20-year old National Hockey League player was likely an easy decision given his recent awards and accomplishments within the league.

The Flames' Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanlike play, topping the Wild's Mikael Granlund and the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko. The new National Hockey League franchise, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, also publicly conducted its Expansion Draft.

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Connor McDavid has won his first Hart Trophy. McDavid became the 10th player to win those three awards in the same year (per SB Nation), and he is just the third to win the Hart before his 21st birthday, joining Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.

Bill Masterton Trophy (dedication to game): Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators. The 36-year-old American took a leave of absence during parts of this past season to be with his wife who was battling throat cancer.

Crosby was a plus-17 in even-strength situations this past season, his second-lowest mark in the last five, and he had just (just) five game-winning goals, four less than previous year. The Boston Bruins star has won the Selke three of the last four years and is now tied with Bob Gainey for the most all time. Among the Golden Knights' other selections was defenseman Brayden McNabb, from L.A., another ex-Monarch.

"What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation", Foley said. Burns beat out Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman.

Draft: The Vegas Golden Knights finally have some players to put on the desert ice this fall.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns took the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's best defenseman. They also revealed that a Public Beta for National Hockey League 18 will be available to download beginning July 25 (registration is open at EASports.com now), as well as the first gameplay trailer.

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