New Jersey Devils' Hall claims Hart Trophy

Taylor Hall claimed the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player at the NHL awards ceremony Wednesday night in Las Vegas, becoming the first player in New Jersey Devils history to earn the honor.

Hall, who narrowly beat out Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (1,264 voting points to 1,194), tallied a career-best 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games this season, including a 26-game point streak. He managed those numbers despite sustaining torn ligaments in his left hand in December, an injury that required surgery to repair in late April.

Hall, 26, garnered 72 first-place votes to MacKinnon's 60 from the Pro Hockey Writers Association, which votes on the award. He earned the honor in his second year with the Devils after spending his first six seasons with the Oilers, including the 2015-16 campaign as a teammate of last season's MVP, Connor McDavid.

While McDavid finished fifth in the Hart voting this year, he did claim his second consecutive Ted Lindsay Award, edging MacKinnon and Hall. At age 21, McDavid is the youngest two-time winner of the award, which is given to the most outstanding player as voted on by his peers.

McDavid also won the Art Ross Trophy this year by leading the NHL in points (108 -- 41 goals, 67 assists) for the second consecutive season.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals falls along the boards against Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of Game Three of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: An official moves in to separate Ryan Carpenter #40 of the Vegas Golden Knights and Lars Eller #20 of the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Capitals 6-4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals and Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights fall to the ice in the third period of Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Capitals 6-4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Ryan Reaves #75 celebrates his goal with teammates Deryk Engelland #5, Tomas Nosek #92, Shea Theodore #27 and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #41 of the Vegas Golden Knights against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Tomas Nosek #92 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrates after scoring a third-period, empty-net goal against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Capitals 6-4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 30: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals makes a diving stick-save on Alex Tuch #89 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period in Game Two of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Capitals defeated the Golden Knights3-2. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
May 30, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) makes a diving save against the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period in game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Officials try to break up a scrum as Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller (6) tackles Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) in the third period in game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals reacts after scoring a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period in Game Three of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 04: (L-R) Vegas Golden Knights fans Jay Bryant-Chavez, Brock Williams and Pamela Salas, all of Nevada, react during a Golden Knights road game watch party for Game Four of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals at T-Mobile Arena on June 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a second-period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Four of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals scores a third-period goal past Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights saves a shot during the second period against the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Lars Eller #20 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a third-period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Winning the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie, was New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, who finished 15th in the league with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists).

The team's first-round pick in 2015, Barzal appeared in two games during the 2016-17 campaign before his official rookie season this past year. The 21-year-old beat out finalists Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes.

Victor Hedman claimed the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, becoming the first winner of the honor in Tampa Bay Lightning history. The selection comes a year after Hedman was a Norris finalist and made his first career All-Star appearance.

The 27-year-old finished the season with 63 points (17 goals, 46 assists), fifth among NHL defensemen, and a career-best plus-32 rating. Hedman beat out finalists Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and PK Subban of the Nashville Predators for the honor.

The Predators' Pekka Rinne earned his first Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender after finishing as a finalist on three previous occasions. He produced a league-high eight shutouts this season while going 42-13-4 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

The Winnipeg Jets' Connor Hellebuyck and the Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy were the other finalists.

The Kings' Anze Kopitar, who finished third in the Hart voting, earned his second Selke Trophy in the last three seasons as the best defensive forward. Before receiving the honor in 2015-16, Kopitar had been a Selke finalist in each of the last two years. He finished this season with a plus-21 rating.

In one of the least surprising results, the Vegas Golden Knights' Gerard Gallant took the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year. He led the Knights to 109 points, fifth best in the league, in their first-ever regular season before a run to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Washington Capitals.

Gallant, who was runner-up for the award in 2015-16 while with the Florida Panthers, claimed 102 of a possible 108 first-place votes, with the Avalanche's Jared Bednar and the Boston Bruins' Bruce Cassidy joining him as finalists.

Also garnering recognition for his job with the expansion Golden Knights was George McPhee, who was named the general manager of the year after assembling Vegas' deep roster through the expansion draft and several trades.

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Ottawa Senators: 100/1

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Vancouver Canucks: 80/1

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Arizona Coyotes: 80/1

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Buffalo Sabres: 80/1

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Detroit Red Wings: 75/1

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Carolina Hurricanes: 66/1

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New York Rangers: 70/1

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Montreal Canadiens: 66/1

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New York Islanders: 60/1

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New Jersey Devils: 40/1

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Florida Panthers: 40/1

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Colorado Avalanche: 40/1

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Minnesota Wild: 30/1

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Los Angeles Kings: 30/1

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Calgary Flames: 30/1

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St. Louis Blues: 28/1

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Dallas Stars: 28/1

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Philadelphia Flyers: 25/1

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Columbus Blue Jackets: 25/1

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San Jose Sharks: 22/1

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Chicago Blackhawks: 22/1

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Anaheim Ducks: 22/1

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Edmonton Oilers: 18/1

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Washington Capitals: 12/1

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Pittsburgh Penguins: 12/1

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Nashville Predators: 11/1

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Vegas Golden Knights: 11/1

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Winnipeg Jets: 10/1

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 10/1

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Boston Bruins: 10/1

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Tampa Bay Lightning: 9/1

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Among other award winners:

--Late Humboldt Broncos junior hockey coach Darcy Haugan was honored with the inaugural Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award, presented to an individual who, through the game of hockey, has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society. Haugan was among 16 who died when the team's bus was struck by a semi truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, on April 6 while traveling to a game. Ten of the 13 players who survived the crash were honored on stage Wednesday night.

--Golden Knights forward William "Wild Bill" Karlsson won the Lady Byng Trophy as the "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." He beat out finalists Aleksander Barkov of the Panthers and Ryan O'Reilly of the Sabres.

--Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland won the Mark Messier Leadership Award over fellow finalists Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and Blake Wheeler of the Jets.

--Devils forward Brian Boyle won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. He overcame a training camp diagnosis of a rare bone marrow cancer and his son's painful treatments for a jaw malformation to play 69 games, scoring 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists). The Panthers' Roberto Luongo and the Coyotes' Jordan Staal were also finalists.

--Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin received the King Clancy Trophy for on- and off-ice leadership, along with humanitarian efforts. The identical twin brothers announced their retirement after 17 NHL seasons playing together in Vancouver earlier this year.

--Subban was announced as the cover athlete for EA SPORTS' "NHL 19" video game. Wayne Gretzky will also appear on the cover of the special Legends and Ultimate editions of the game.

--Field Level Media

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