We were going to offer a minute-by-minute account of the NHL Awards Show for today's post. We had a pretty detailed description going.
Then we saw this:
(2:05 of the video.)
When Nicklas Lidstrom came up to the stage to accept the Norris Trophy for the 93rd time or something, they had a kid on stage wearing his jersey hand him a replica of the trophy. There was only one problem. His name was misspelled.
It was spelled, "LINDSTROM."
After seeing that, we turned off the television, got up and went out to a movie. We couldn't watch this train wreck any longer and we couldn't find the motivation to blog it. Our soccer team's banquet from our senior year of high school was a more sophisticated affair.
This sad sight was just another example of how big of a joke this league still is. Could you imagine a Peyton Mannyng or Alex Rodriguiz jersey being used in a public display like this?
There were other instances from last night's show that illustrate our point as well. When the first few winners came on stage to accept their awards, apparently no one bothered to tell them these kids in their jerseys would be there to hand them the replica trophies. So the first few times, the winners would bypass these kids who would be left standing there like dopes.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year. A kid in Capitals jersey with "BOUDREAU" spelled out on the back. Because apparently coaches wear jerseys in the NHL now.
Another bad moment actually involved the commissioner himself. Gary Bettman, who should've been wearing clown shoes, introduced a new lifetime achievement award and bestowed it on Red Wings legend Gordie Howe. Howe got up on stage and began thanking Bettman. No one bothered to turned off Bettman's microphone. He could basically be heard telling Howe to be quiet so they could play the video.
The worst was the Lidstrom error. This is one of the greatest players ever. It's not like they couldn't have looked at the trophy to double check the name which is on there six times or anything. The NHL was in such a rush to get those horrible Reebok Edge-Super-Duper-Mega-Ultra-Awesome-Humungo-Women-Will-Want-You Uniform System jerseys on display it couldn't even bother to make sure Lidstrom's name was right.
We suppose this is actually progress. Had this happened during last year's show, no one in America would've been able to watch it before they went to bed.
To recap briefly:
-Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin won the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP) and Lester B. Pearson Award (NHLPA MVP). He had already claimed the Maurice "Rocket" Richard and Art Ross Trophies.
-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is either showing off his fourth Vezina Trophy win or how many shots a game he faces:
-Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk got his hands on the Lady Byng Memorial (sportsmanship) and Frank J. Selke Trophy (best defensive forward):
-Datsyuk was pretty cool about his difficulties with English and cracked a joke at his expense. "I want to make speech longer but my English short."
-Blackhawks center Patrick Kane claimed the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie:
-Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier won the King Clancy Award (Humanitarian Award):
-Maple Leafs left winger Jason Blake won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which is essentially a comeback award.
-Lidstrom took home the Norris Trophy (Best defenseman):
-Boudreau got the Jack Adams Award (Best coach):
A few other sites from last night:
-Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau is living the good life:
-Patrick Kane's dad doesn't appear to be too happy people are taking pictures of his daughters:
-We can't quite put our finger on it, but for some reason, we suspect Nicklas Lidstrom and his family are from some sort of Scandinavian country:
-Henrik Zetterberg's date wore her finest towel to the event last night:
-Going Five Hole has a vote-by-vote breakdown of many of the awards.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Evgeni Malkin made the NHL's first all-star team.
-EN contributor Eric Politowski compiled the top ten Penguins shootout goals from this past season:
-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will have several key players coming back next season.
-The 2007-08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be remembered for their tenacity.
-By the looks of this German news site, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Alain Nasreddine signed to play with a team in Germany.
-Random YouTube Find of the Day: Former Penguins forward Rick Tocchet fighting former Sabres forward Brad May:
-The Devils and Rangers are each pursing former Coyotes first-round pick Blake Wheeler.
-Will the Senators hire junior coach Craig Hartsburg?
-Bruins defenseman/yeti Zdeno Chara will need three months to rehab his injured shoulder. He apparently hurt it punching through a car windshield. We think:
-Maple Leafs forward Kyle Wellwood broke his foot playing indoor soccer.
-Don't expect forward Bobby Holik to re-sign with the Thrashers.
-Red Wings center Darren Helm claimed no responsibility in the damage to the Stanley Cup.
-The FBI is now investigating Predators investor and would-be Penguins owner William "Boots" Del Biaggio III.
-Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata will test free agency.
-What is so obscure, it can't even be a known answer on Jeopardy? The NHL!