Tonight is the night where we will learn who have won the many awards for regular season excellence in the NHL. For the first time in quite some time, there are two New Jersey Devils players who are finalists for awards.
The Time: 8:00 PM ET
The Broadcast: TV - NBCSN and Sportsnet
The Event: The 2018 NHL Awards
The Devils: Taylor Hall is a finalist for the Hart Trophy for the league’s most valuable player as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award for the league’s most outstanding player as voted by the members of the NHL Player’s Association.
Brian Boyle is a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game.
The Quick Picks: I’m biased so I think Hall should win everything. I would not be shocked if Nathan MacKinnon won either trophy over them. Or if the players went with Connor McDavid putting up a boatload of points on a team that was done by January.
I would be more shocked if Boyle did not win the Masterton. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid eukemia before last season and his son was almost diagnosed with an aggressive cancer known as Ewing sarcoma. Boyle played out the season with New Jersey, being treated as needed and making as many trips to the Boston area as needed between games, practices, and off days. Boyle made a point of it to keep coming back to play. He even represented the team at the All-Star Game in light of his son’s health issue and in replacing a then-injured Hall. While it’s strange that there are finalists for this kind of trophy, if Boyle’s season did not represent perseverance and dedication to hockey, then I don’t know what to say about that.
Your Time: This is the post where you can discuss the NHL Awards show as it happens. All rules apply. No swearing, no streams, no trolling, no beefs, and nothing inappropriate. Have fun and let’s hope Boyle and Hall bring something back to Newark. Thank you for reading and commenting.