Friday, June 13, 2008

Washington Capitals Awards

Ovechkin named MVP, Boudreau Coach of the Year

Caps left wing Alex Ovechkin captured the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award, beating out Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for both honors at the NHL Awards Show in Toronto. He's the first Capital to win either award. Ovechkin produced NHL highs with 65 goals and 112 points, and was also the first player to score 60 goals since Mario Lemieux in 1996. He joined Sergei Fedorov (1994) as the only Russian-born players to win the Hart and the Pearson.

Coach Bruce Boudreau won the Jack Adams, beating out Montreal's Guy Carbonneau and Detroit's Mike Babcock. Boudreau has gone from riding the buses in the minors to being the NHL's coach of the year in the span of seven months (leading the Caps to the Southeast Division title).

The only disappointment for the Capitals was that Nicklas Backstrom did not win the Calder Trophy as the top rookie, leaving the team one award short of becoming the first to win player, coach and rookie of the year. Backstrom, who was named to the all-rookie team, was runner-up to Chicago's Patrick Kane.

  • Was also named a First Team All-Star for the third straight year, becoming the first to do that in his first three seasons since Terry Sawchuk (1950-53)
  • Led the Capitals to the playoffs for the first time since 2003
  • Signed a new 13-year contract with Washington on Jan. 10
  • Is the first Washington, D.C. MVP in a league considered the best in the world (NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB) since the Washington Redskins’ Joe Theismann in 1983. He received the key to the city Friday in Washington from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. "Today is a big day," said Ovechkin, standing on the front steps of city hall. "I have a key for the city. And I'm the president this day in the city, so everybody have fun — and no speed limit!"

P.S. I think Ovi and Michael Strahan should really get together and do a Gap commercial.

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