How different this year is in Smashville. This time last year, the Predators' season was well in the rear-view mirror and I was fully focused on the upcoming NHL Awards show. This release would be the biggest news of the day.
Follow the jump to see all the latest news about this year's NHL Award Show that will be on June 22 at my favorite hotel, The Palms Resort and Casino...
JAY MOHR RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS TO HOST 2011 NHL AWARDS AT PALMS HOTEL
Mohr to Honor Hockey’s Best as Host of NHL’s Annual Awards Show for Second Straight Year;
Tickets on Sale for June 22 Show at The Pearl Concert Theater
NEW YORK (May 9, 2011) – Actor, writer and comedian Jay Mohr will return to Las Vegas in June to host the 2011 NHL Awards and honor the National Hockey League’s biggest stars for the second straight year. The best hockey players in the world will come together with Mohr and celebrities from music, stage and screen for the 2011 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 22, at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas (7pm ET, VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC in Canada). Tickets to the 2011 NHL Awards™ are on sale now.
The multi-talented Mohr’s career has spanned three decades. He has appeared in more than 25 films, beginning with his breakthrough role as a rival sports agent in the blockbuster hit Jerry Maguire and most recently in the Warner Brothers thriller Hereafter opposite Matt Damon and directed by Clint Eastwood. A well-known stand-up comedian and featured player on the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons of Saturday Night Live, Mohr’s small screen credits include his starring role in the CBS show Gary Unmarried and the long-running NBC series Last Comic Standing, which he also created and executive produced. Mohr is an avid sports fan and frequent sports show guest.
“I am really excited to return to Las Vegas for the 2011 NHL Awards in June,” said Mohr. “I had a great time hosting the event last year and look forward to celebrating this season’s top hockey performances – and the chance to poke a little fun, too.”
Dave Broome will bring his creative vision to the show for the second straight year as Executive Producer of the 2011 NHL Awards. "It's an honor to be asked back to produce this year's NHL Awards show,” said Broome. “Last year’s show was truly a fun celebration of hockey and I'm looking forward to continuing that vision even further this year. I think the audience is really going to be excited for what we have in store for them."
At the close of the 2010-11 NHL® regular season in April, three members of the Vancouver Canucks, who helped their club capture the Presidents' Trophy for posting the NHL's best record, added individual awards to their collection. Left wing Daniel Sedin won his first career Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring leader, while Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider earned the William Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders on the club allowing the fewest goals. Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry captured the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader. The four trophy winners will be honored at the 2011 NHL Awards.
NHL Awards finalists for individual honors to be presented at the 2011 NHL Awards include:
· Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey – Ray Emery (Anaheim Ducks), Daymond Langkow (Calgary Flames), and Ian Laperriere (Philadelphia Flyers)
· Calder Trophy for outstanding rookie honors - Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks), Michael Grabner (New York Islanders), and Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes)
· Frank J. Selke Trophy for outstanding defensive forward – Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), and Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
· General Manager of the Year – Mike Gillis (Vancouver Canucks), David Poile (Nashville Predators), and Steve Yzerman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
· Hart Memorial Trophy for most valuable player to his team - Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks), and Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
· Jack Adams Award for outstanding coach - Dan Bylsma (Pittsburgh Penguins), Barry Trotz (Nashville Predators), and Alain Vigneault (Vancouver Canucks)
· James Norris Memorial Trophy for outstanding all-around defenseman - Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings), and Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
· Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct - Loui Eriksson (Dallas Stars), Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings), and Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
· NHL Foundation Player Award for charitable and community work – Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), Mike Green (Washington Capitals), and Daniel & Henrik Sedin ( Vancouver Canucks)
· Ted Lindsay Award to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA – Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks), and Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
· Vezina Trophy for outstanding goaltender – Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators), and Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone (superior leader in hockey and a contributing member of society) and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy presented by U.S. Army (for leadership and humanitarian contribution) also will be awarded; finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone will be announced during Game 3 of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final.
A full line up of celebrity guests, presenters and entertainment will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.nhl.com/awards.
Tickets to the 2011 NHL Awards are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com at nhl.com/awardstickets and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office. Tickets include access to the 2011 NHL Awards show and the official NHL Awards Party, a cocktail reception to be held immediately following the show. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the NHL Awards Party.
Official 2011 NHL Awards travel packages, including reserved tickets, accommodations at The Palms Hotel, souvenir gifts and more, are available via Global Event Forum, the Official NHL Events Fan Package Partner, at nhl.com/fanpackages.
About the NHL
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other major professional sport. The NHL entertains more than 250 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, ESPN America, ASN and NHL Network™) and radio (NHL Radio™, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada). Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer™ and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.
About The Palms
The Palms Casino Resort, heralded as one of Las Vegas' hippest resorts, is an all-encompassing, one-stop destination. Owned by the Maloof family, the boutique property boasts three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino. Amenities include the legendary Playboy Club; Ghostbar; Rain Nightclub; The Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Little Buddha; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; The Palms Pool & Bungalows; Palms Spa and AMP Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; LA Sunset Tan; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre Cineplex; Huntington Ink Tattoo Lounge; the Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court; and over 60,000 square-feet of meeting space. The Palms has played host to MTV’s Video Music Awards, Real World: Las Vegas and Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown, and E!’s Girls Next Door and Sunset Tan feature the resort on a regular basis. The Palms Casino Resort is located just west of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 on Flamingo Road. For reservation information, call toll free at (866) PALMS-RES, (866) 725-6773, or visit www.palms.com. For groups of 15 rooms or more, contact the Sales Department at (866) PALMS-MTG or (866) 725-6768.
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