2003-04 NHL Awards

In ascending order of importance, as defined by me, and only those I think are worth mention. Sure, Martin Brodeur is a phenomenal goalie, but everyone knows that, and expected Vezina (best goaltender) and Jennings (fewest goals against w/ a minimum of 25 games).

By the way… if you have no idea about the names of the awards and trophies, and what they actually mean… then you’re not alone. I have to rely on the IntarWeb to get all this shit straight.

It’s okay. We’re in this together.

Prince of Wales Trophy
Eastern Conference Champions (nowadays)
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Sportsmanship + “gentlemanly” conduct + playing ability
Brad Richards [C], Tampa Bay Lightning

King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Overall leadership + humanitarian/community-related efforts
Jarome Iginla [RW], Calgary Flames

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
Leading regular-season goal scorer(s)
Jarome Iginla [RW], Calgary Flames (41 goals)
Shared with Ilya Kovalchuk [LW], Atlanta Thrashers & Rick Nash [LW], Columbus Blue Jackets

Art Ross Trophy
Leading regular-season points scorer (goals + assists)
Martin St. Louis [RW], Tampa Bay Lightning (38G + 56A = 94 points)
Also led the league in shorthanded goals (8), SH points (11) and tied for the league-lead in plus-minus (+35). Career year for Marty, yo.

Jack Adams Award
Best coach in the league
John Tortorella, Tampa Bay Lightning

Lester B. Pearson Award
Outstanding player of the season, as judged by the NHL Players’ Association (read: peers)
Martin St. Louis [RW], Tampa Bay Lightning
Other winners include names you may have heard before: Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman, Messier, Fedorov, Lindros, Hasek, Jagr, and Iginla.

Conn Smythe Trophy
Most valuable player in the playoffs
Brad Richards [C], Tampa Bay Lightning
Others include: Messier, Gretzky, Roy, Lemieux, Yzerman + many other great players.

Hart Memorial Trophy
League’s most valuable player, regular season
Martin St. Louis [RW], Tampa Bay Lightning
Too many phenomenal players to reference.

Lord Stanley’s Cup
NHL Champions
Tampa Bay Lightning

And the most important award of them all:

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Personification of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey
Bryan Berard [D], Chicago Blackhawks
First pick in ’95, former Calder Trophy winner in ’96-97 as best rookie in the league, came back from a for-all-intents-and-purposes blinding puckshot to the eye to score 13 goals (2nd highest in his career), 34 assists (2nd highest in his career), 47 total points (uh… 2nd highest in his career).

That was this season. He’s almost fuckin’ blind in one eye, and he’s a defenseman.

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2 thoughts on “2003-04 NHL Awards

  1. I was surprised that Iginla’s speech was so good. I know that all hockey players are not morons, but he was both eloquent and articulate to the point that I was really impressed.

    Speaking of the Masterson…

    The St. Pete Times had a “Lightning A to Z” thing earlier in the playoffs. If I remember correctly… “X is for the X-ray that showed John Cullen to be cancer free, still the Lightning’s most important victory ever.” Got a little misty on that one. Berard is the shit.

    What a year for the Bolts…they have accumulated a very serious collection of gleaming hardware in the last three weeks.

  2. Of note, all of the award winners were Canadian. A majority of the players on both the Bolts and Flames were Canadian. Canada is the reigning Olympic men’s and women’s champions … its a great time for Canuck hockey.

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