The NHL celebrated in a big way Wednesday night, handing out its annual top awards in the league's Awards ceremony at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Among the highlights: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player for the first time in his career, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy for the league's top goalie for the first time in his career, and St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock also was a first-time winner , taking home the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's top coach.
Malkin also won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer and won the Ted Lindsay Award in voting by his NHLPA peers as the league's best player.
Malkin, who is only 25 and looks to have even greater success in a potential long career, told reporters afterward, "It's the best day of my life. It's very exciting."
Other awards went to Ottawa's Eric Karlsson (Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman), Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog (Calder Trophy as the top rookie), Boston forward Patrice Bergeron (Selke Trophy, the league's top defensive player), Florida's Brian Campbell (Lady Byng Trophy for best sportsmanlike play) and Montreal forward Max Pacioretty (Masterson Trophy for best comeback from serious injury).
In addition, St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong was named the NHL's top executive.