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Auston Matthews Cleans Up at 2022 NHL Awards Show

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Auston Matthews Cleans Up at 2022 NHL Awards Show

Tuesday night marked the NHL’s return to its in-person NHL Awards show following two years of virtual showings due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

And after a long wait, Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews finally heard his name called for two of the most prestigious trophies presented annually. In putting up both a career and league-high 60 goals this season, the 24-year-old centre was chosen as the NHL’s MVP, as well as the players’ champ.

“All the fans, Toronto Maple Leafs fans, Leaf Nation, there’s nobody like you guys,” Matthews said in his second acceptance speech of the evening. “My family, again, love you guys so much. It means the world to me to have you guys here. I know Father’s Day was a couple days ago, but Brian, this one’s for you.”

In fact, Matthews actually beat out the league’s very best player – Connor McDavid – for both the Ted Lindsay Award and the Hart Memorial Trophy.

“I think he definitely pushes me,” Matthews said of McDavid, who walked away without a trophy following the awards show. “I’d like to think I push him, but in the end he’s been the cream of the crop as far as what he’s been able to accomplish since he’s been in the league.”

Having finished second in Hart Trophy voting last season, Matthews easily took first place this season with 119 of 195 first place votes. McDavid had just 29 first place votes, finishing just over 500 points back of Matthews.

“Anytime that I have a vote for the Ted Lindsay I’m pretty sure I just write his name down every time no matter what, just because of the respect I have for him as a player and how good he is and how good he’s been ever since he’s been in the league,” Matthews added.

With Matthews taking the major MVP awards, New York’s star netminder Igor Shesterkin was named the 2021-22 Vezina Trophy winner, to which he earned 29 of 32 first place votes for his first ever major trophy win.

Colorado’s Cale Makar was named the Norris Trophy winner, despite incredibly finishing behind Nashville’s Roman Josi in terms of first-place votes. Despite voters deeming Josi the best defenceman, Makar’s 98 second-place votes put him ahead of Josi (76 second place votes) with Josi actually collecting six more first place ballots in the overall rankings. Makar earned 1,631 points, while Josi had 1,606.

Red Wings’ stud first-year blueliner took home an overwhelming majority of first place votes in the Calder Trophy rankings. He was presented with the award after hearing he had amassed 170 of 195 first place ballots. Trevor Zegras and Michael Bunting finished second and third, respectively.

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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