Connor McDavid, Patrice Bergeron and Jim Montgomery honoured at NHL Awards

Connor McDavid (Connor Mah, Wikimedia Commons)

The 2023 National Hockey League Awards took place on Monday with three Canadians being honoured for significant awards. Edmonton Oilers captain and centre Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario won the Hart Trophy, two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist, Boston Bruins captain and centre Patrice Bergeron of Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec won the Selke Trophy, and Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery of Montreal, Quebec won the Jack Adams Trophy.

McDavid previously won the Hart Trophy in 2017 and 2021. This past season in 82 games, McDavid won scored 64 goals and  had 89 assists for 153 points. He was a +22 with 36 penalty minutes, 71 power-play points, seven shorthanded points, 352 shots on goal, 525 faceoff wins, 40 blocked shots, 89 hits, 82 takeaways, and 77 giveaways. In addition to the Hart Trophy, McDavid won the Ted Lindsay Award, the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy, and the Art Ross Trophy.

Bergeron won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. In 78 games this past season, he had 27 goals and 31 assists for 58 points. Bergeron was a +35 with 22 penalty minutes, 19 power-play points, two shorthanded goals, seven game-winning goals, 249 shots on goal, 1043 faceoff wins, 54 blocked shots, 66 hits, 38 takeaways and 21 giveaways. This was Bergeron’s sixth Selke Trophy for best defensive forward, as he previously won in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2022.

Montgomery led the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy in his first year with Boston. He had a record of 65 wins, 12 regulation losses and 12 losses in extra time for 135 points. Other Canadian winners on Monday were Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang of Montreal, Quebec (Masterton), and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos of Markham, Ontario (Messier).

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