Calgary Flames walked away with two of four possible awards, which is one more than I thought they’d get (good job Hudes!). Gaudreau didn’t win the Calder, but it was a pretty tough group of rookies this year. Giordano didn’t win either, but he’s really just saving up his credit for next year’s Norris.
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley is the first coach in franchise history to capture the Jack Adams Award — the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success — and Jiri Hudler was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy — the NHL player to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability — at the 2015 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has captured the Jack Adams Award as “the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success,” as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
Hartley was a top-three selection on 63 of the 75 ballots cast, including 37 first-place votes, for 237 voting points. The Jack Adams win is a first both for Hartley and for the Flames franchise.
Hartley led the Flames (45-30-7, 97 points) to a 20-point gain in standings points over 2013-14, the highest jump among Western Conference teams and third-highest in the League overall, in capturing their first playoff berth since 2009. Calgary was among the NHL’s best late-game teams, tying for first place in overtime wins (nine), ranking second in third-period goal differential (+31), third in wins when trailing after two periods (10) and fifth in points percentage when leading after 40 minutes (.923, 24-1-1). The Flames also recorded 1,557 blocked shots, tops in the League and the highest single-season total since the statistic was introduced.
Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler has captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “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.
Hudler polled 700 voting points, including 52 first-place tallies, for a tight win over four-time Lady Byng Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, who collected 648 voting points.
Hudler finished eighth in the NHL scoring race and established career highs in goals (31), assists (45) and points (76), helping the Flames qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. Hudler tallied 23 points in March, when the team jumped from the outside of the playoff picture into third place in the Pacific Division. It marked the most points by any player in a calendar month this season and the most by a Flames player since December 2006 (Jarome Iginla: 10-16–26). A first-time NHL Trophy finalist, Hudler was assessed just 14 penalty minutes all season, fewest among the League’s top 20 scorers.
2015-16 Schedule Released!
The C of Red will be back in full force on Oct. 7 when the Flames host the Vancouver Canucks at the Scotiabank Saddledome to open the 2015-16 regular season! Flames Full Schedule ››