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NHL ANNOUNCES 2005-06 TROPHY FINALISTS

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NHL ANNOUNCES 2005-06 TROPHY FINALISTS

NEW YORK (May 4, 2006) -- Right wing Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames and center Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks have been voted finalists for the Hart Trophy as League MVP as the NHL announced today the nominees for eight annual awards.

Kiprusoff and Thornton received their first career Hart Trophy nominations, Jagr his sixth. Four players are nominees for multiple awards; Jagr and Thornton also are finalists for the Lester B. Pearson Award, Kiprusoff for the Vezina Trophy, and Washington Capitals rookie left wing Alexander Ovechkin is a finalist for the Calder Trophy and the Pearson Award.

The winners will be announced Thursday, June 22 during the 2006 NHL Awards Television Special in Vancouver (CBC, 8 p.m., ET).

All voting is conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. The Professional Hockey Writers' Association votes for five trophies (Hart, Norris, Selke, Calder and Lady Byng). The NHL General Managers vote for the Vezina Trophy. Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association select the Lester B. Pearson Award winner and the NHL Broadcasters' Association votes on the Jack Adams Award. Results are tabulated by the accounting firm Ernst & Young.

Following are the finalists for each trophy, in alphabetical order:

CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding rookie): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals; Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames.

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (outstanding defensive forward): Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes; Mike Fisher, Ottawa Senators; Jere Lehtinen, Dallas Stars.

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player to his team): Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers; Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames; Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks.

JACK ADAMS AWARD (outstanding coach): Peter Laviolette, Carolina Hurricanes; Tom Renney, New York Rangers; Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres.

JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Mighty Ducks; Sergei Zubov, Dallas Stars.

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks; Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning.

LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD (most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA): Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers; Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals; Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks.

VEZINA TROPHY (outstanding goaltender): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils; Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames; Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers.

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CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY

The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

SIDNEY CROSBY - Center, Pittsburgh Penguins

Became the youngest player in NHL history to tally 100 points in a season (18 years, eight

months, three months younger than Winnipeg's Dale Hawerchuk in 1981-82).

Led all rookies in assists (63), ranked second in goals (39) and points (102).

ALEXANDER OVECHKIN - Left Wing, Washington Capitals

Led all rookies in scoring with 106 points (52 goals, 54 assists), became the second rookie in

history to tally 50 goals and 100 points in a season (Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne, 1992-93).

Led the NHL in shots (425), ranked third in points, tied for third in goals.

DION PHANEUF - Defense, Calgary Flames

Led all rookie defensemen in scoring with 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists), became the third

blueliner in NHL history to score 20 goals as a rookie (New York Rangers' Brian Leetch, 23 in

1988-89, Colorado Rockies' Barry Beck, 22 in 1977-78).

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded annually "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

ROD BRIND'AMOUR - Center, Carolina Hurricanes

Voted a Selke Trophy finalist for the first time.

Led all forwards in ice time per game (24:17).

Led all players in face-offs taken (2,145), ranked third in face-off winning percentage (59.1%).

MIKE FISHER - Center, Ottawa Senators

Voted a Selke Trophy finalist for the first time.

Recorded single-season career highs in plus-minus (+23) and shorthanded goals (four).

The Senators allowed 211 goals, the fewest in the Eastern Conference and third fewest overall.

JERE LEHTINEN - Right Wing, Dallas Stars

A Selke finalist for the sixth time; won the trophy in 1998, 1999 and 2003, was third in 1997, 2002.

Vying to become the first four-time Selke winner since Montreal's Bob Gainey captured the

award the first four years it was presented (1978-1981).

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY

The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded annually "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

JAROMIR JAGR - Right Wing, New York Rangers

Voted a Hart Trophy finalist for the sixth time; finished first in 1999, second in 1995, 1998 and

2000 and third in 2001.

Finished second in League scoring with 123 points (54 goals, 69 assists).

Set Rangers franchise records for goals and points in a season.

MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF - Goaltender, Calgary Flames

Named a Hart Trophy finalist for the first time.

Won his first William Jennings Trophy (goaltender on the club allowing the fewest goals, 200).

Led all goaltenders in goals-against average (2.03) and shutouts (10), ranked second in victories (42), third in save percentage (.923).

JOE THORNTON - Center, San Jose Sharks

Named a Hart Trophy finalist for the first time.

Captured the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer with a career-high 125 points (29 goals, 96 assists).

Tallied 20-72--92 in 58 games with San Jose following Nov. 30 trade from Boston.

JACK ADAMS AWARD

The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually "to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," as selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

PETER LAVIOLETTE - Carolina Hurricanes

A Jack Adams finalist for the first time.

Led the Hurricanes to the best record in franchise history (52-22-8, 112 points) and a 36-point

improvement over 2003-04 in his first full season with the club.

Posted two separate nine-game winning streaks, from Oct. 22-Nov. 11 and Dec. 31-Jan. 19.

TOM RENNEY - New York Rangers

A Jack Adams finalist for the first time.

Led the Rangers to a 44-26-12 record for 100 points, a 31-point improvement over 2003-04, and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1997 in his first full season with the club.

LINDY RUFF - Buffalo Sabres

A Jack Adams finalist for the first time.

Led the Sabres to a 52-24-6 record for 110 points, a 25-point improvement over 2003-04, and set a franchise record for victories in a season.

Hired in July, 1997, Ruff holds the longest current tenure among NHL head coaches.

JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY

The James Norris Trophy is awarded annually "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

NICKLAS LIDSTROM - Detroit Red Wings

Earned his seventh nomination as Norris finalist in the past eight seasons; has won the award

three times, from 2001 through 2003.

Led all defensemen in scoring with a career-high 80 points (16 goals, 64 assists) in 80 games.

Ranked third in the NHL in ice time per game (28:06), posted a +21 rating.

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - Anaheim Mighty Ducks

A Norris finalist for the second consecutive season; won the award with New Jersey in 2004.

Ranked sixth among NHL defensemen with 63 points (13 goals, 50 assists), setting single-season

career highs in assists and points.

Appeared in all 82 games and led the Ducks in ice time per game (25:30).

SERGEI ZUBOV - Dallas Stars

Voted a Norris Trophy finalist for the first time.

Finished second among NHL defensemen in scoring with 71 points (13 goals, 58 assists).

Ranked sixth in the NHL in ice time per game (26:26).

Passed Craig Hartsburg as the Stars' all-time scoring leader among defensemen.

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded annually "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

PAVEL DATSYUK - Center, Detroit Red Wings

Named a Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the first time.

Led the Red Wings in scoring with a career-high 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists).

Appeared in 75 games, assessed 22 minutes in penalties.

PATRICK MARLEAU - Center, San Jose Sharks

Named a Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the first time.

Ranked third on the Sharks in scoring with a career-high 86 points (34 goals, 52 assists).

The Sharks captain played in all 82 games, received 26 minutes in penalties.

BRAD RICHARDS - Center, Tampa Bay Lightning

A Lady Byng finalist for the second consecutive season; captured the award in 2004.

Vying to become the first repeat winner of the Lady Byng since Paul Kariya in 1996 and 1997.

Led the Lightning in scoring with a career-high 91 points (23 goals, 68 assists).

Played in all 82 games, assessed 32 minutes in penalties.

LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD

The Lester B. Pearson Award is presented annually to the "NHL's most outstanding player" as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association.

JAROMIR JAGR - Right Wing, New York Rangers

Jagr won the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1998-99 and 1999-00.

Jagr's 123 points marked the third-highest output of his career, and his 24 power-play goals were a career-best.

ALEXANDER OVECHKIN - Left Wing, Washington Capitals

Would be the youngest player and first rookie to win the Lester B. Pearson.

Ranked third in the NHL in goals (52) and points (106).

His 52 goals accounted for almost one-quarter (23%) of his club's season total.

JOE THORNTON - Center, San Jose Sharks

Nominated a Lester B. Pearson finalist for the second time (2002-03).

Thornton's 96 assists in 2005-06 were 25 more than any other player, and the League's highest total in 12 seasons.

VEZINA TROPHY

The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," as voted by League General Managers.

MARTIN BRODEUR - New Jersey Devils

Earned his sixth career nomination as a Vezina finalist; has captured the award in each of the past two seasons (2003, 2004), finished second in 1997 and 1998, was third in 2001.

Led all goaltenders in victories (43), recording his NHL-record fifth 40-win season and 10th consecutive 30-win campaign.

MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF - Calgary Flames

Named a Vezina Trophy finalist for the first time.

Won his first William Jennings Trophy (goaltender on the club allowing the fewest goals, 200).

Led all goaltenders in goals-against average (2.03) and shutouts (10), ranked second in victories (42), third in save percentage (.923).

HENRIK LUNDQVIST - New York Rangers

The first rookie voted a Vezina Trophy finalist since Washington's Jim Carey in 1994-95.

Posted a 30-12-9 record, 2.24 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 53 games;

became the first goaltender in franchise history to record 30 victories as a rookie.

Ranked fourth among NHL goaltenders in save percentage, was fifth in goals-against average.

OTHER NHL TROPHY WINNERS

Other awards to be presented at the NHL Television Awards Special on June 22:

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's points leader. Thornton finished the season with 125 points (29 goals, 96 assists). Sharks linemate Jonathan Cheechoo earned the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader (56).

Miikka Kiprusoff captured the William M. Jennings Trophy, presented to the goaltender(s) with more than 25 appearances on the club allowing the fewest goals against during the regular season. The Flames finished the season allowing a League-low 200 goals.

Two other trophies, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey) and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership and humanitarian contribution to his community) also will be presented at the Awards ceremony.

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