Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2012 NHL Individual Awards Winners

When it comes to the NHL Awards, a handful are earned on statistical achievement with the rest won through votes. The list below itemizes trophy winners for the 2012 NHL season.

Award: ------------------- Winner
CONN SMYTHE: --------- Quick
ART ROSS: ---------------- Malkin
ROCKET RICHARD: ----- Stamkos
PLUS-MINUS: ------------ Bergeron
HART: -------------''''------ Malkin
TED LINDSAY: ---''------- Malkin
SELKE: ------------'-'------ Bergeron
NORRIS: ----------''''------ Karlsson
VEZINA: -----------'''------ Lundqvist
JENNINGS: --------------- Elliott & Halak
CROZIER: ----------------- Elliott
CALDER: ------------------ Landeskog
JACK ADAMS: ------------ Hitchcock
TOP GM: --'---------------- Armstrong
MASTERTON:---------'''-- Pacioretty
LADY BYNG:-----------'--- Campbell
KING CLANCY: ----------- Alfredsson
FOUNDATION: ------'''--- Fisher
MESSIER: ----------------- Doan

Additional honors were bestowed upon Lundqvist, Karlsson, Weber, Malkin, Neal, Kovalchuk for making the 2012 NHL First All-Star Team. The 2012 NHL Second All-Star Team spots were assigned to Quick, Chara, Pietrangelo, Stamkos, Gaborik, Whitney.

2012 NHL Individual Statistical Leaders

With only 5 trophies awarded for statistical achievement alone (Art Ross, Rocket Richard, Plus-Minus, Jennings, Crozier) there are plenty of regular season accomplishments that escape recognition at the NHL Awards. The list below provides a complete picture of the NHL's individual leaders in a variety of statistical categories for 2012.

----------- SKATERS
Statistic: -------------- Leader
Points:------------''----- Malkin (109)
Points/G:-----------''--- Crosby (1.68)
ES Points:-----------'--- Malkin (75)
PP Points:-------'------- Giroux (38)
SH Points:---------''---- Parise/Henrique (7)
Goals:-----------------'-- Stamkos (60)
Goals/G:-------------'--- Stamkos (.73)
ES Goals:---------------- Stamkos (48)
PP Goals:---------------- Neal (18)
SH Goals:-------''------- Henrique/M. Richards/Clutterbuck (4)
GW Goals:------------'-- Stamkos/Vrbata (12)
EN Goals:-----------''--- Michalek (5)
Assists:----------------''- H. Sedin (67)
Assists/G:------------''-- Crosby (1.32)
Shots:-------------------- Malkin (339)
Missed Shots:----------- Ovechkin (135)
Plus/Minus:----------'-- Bergeron (36)
PIMs:--------------'-''-'- Dorsett (235)
Minor Penalty:-------''- Subban (47)
Major Penalty:----'-'-''- Prust/Thornton (20)
Game Misconduct:----- Smyth/Bogosian/Lucic/Grabovski (2)
TOI:-------------------'-- Campbell (2,205:31)
TOI/Game:-----------'-- Campbell/Keith (26:53)
Shifts:-----------------'-- Pietrangelo (2,668)
TOI/Shift:----------''''-- Beauchemin/Kovalchuk/Letang (59)
Face Off %:----------''''- Peverley (61.1)
Giveaways:----------'''-- Kovalchuk (120)
Takeaways:---''-----''--- O'Reilly (101)
Blocked Shots:---------- Gorges (250)
Hits:------------------''-- Martin (374)

----------- GOALIES
Statistic: -------------- Leader
Wins: ------------------- Rinne (43)
Losses: ------------''---- Hiller (30)
Shots Against: --------- Rinne (2,153)
Saves: --------'''''--'''-'- Rinne (1,987)
GA: ----------------'''''-- Pavelec (191)
GAA: ------------------'- Roloson (3.66)
SV%: ----------------'--- Elliott (.940)
Shutouts: --------------- Quick (10)
TOI: -------------'------- Hiller (4,252:31)

Perhaps one day the NHL will expand their annual awards selection to include more leaders of these statistical categories. Until then, we'll leave it up to the voters to determine who's ripe for recognition.

Monday, June 18, 2012

NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Wins

Since the Stanley Cup was dedicated to NHL's top team in 1926, only seven franchises (Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins) have successfully defended their title and won the Stanley Cup in consecutive years.

The record for consecutive Stanley Cup wins by the same club is five (Montreal 1956-1957-1958-1969-1960) with two teams managing four straight wins (Montreal 1976-1977-1978-1979, New York Islanders 1980-1981-1982-1983), one team duplicating three year streaks (Toronto 1947-1948-1949 & 1962-1963-1964), and four squads posting one or more pairs (Detroit 1936-1937 & 1954-1955 & 1997-1998, Philadelphia 1974-1975, Edmonton 1984-1985 & 1987-1988, Pittsburgh 1991-1992).

The charts below describe these streaks by team, years, and vice versa.

Team: Years
MTL: 1930-1931 (2), 1956-1957-1958-1959-1960 (5),
-------'1965-1966 (2), 1968-1969 (2), 1976-1977-1978-1979 (4)
DET: 1936-1937 (2), 1954-1955 (2), 1997-1998 (2)
TOR: 1947-1948-1949 (3), 1962-1963-1964 (3)
PHI: 1974-1975 (2)
NYI: 1980-1981-1982-1983 (4)
EDM: 1984-1985 (2), 1987-1988 (2)
PIT: 1991-1992 (2)

Years: Team
1930-1931: Montreal
1936-1937: Detroit
1947-1949: Toronto
1954-1955: Detroit
1956-1960: Montreal
1962-1964: Toronto
1965-1966: Montreal
1968-1969: Montreal
1974-1975: Philadelphia
1976-1979: Montreal
1980-1983: New York
1984-1985: Edmonton
1987-1988: Edmonton
1991-1992: Pittsburgh
1997-1998: Detroit

Detroit was the last team to appear in consecutive Stanley Cup Finals (2008, 2009) when they rematched against Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for Detroit, they failed to defend their title. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, they spared themselves the shame of losing in consecutive Cup Finals.

It's only been a week since the Los Angeles Kings hoisted their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, however, it's never too early to speculate as to whether they can repeat as champions. Early Vegas odds favor Pittsburgh to win at 7 to 1 with Los Angeles' probability to capture consecutive Cups currently calculated at 11 to 1.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The IIHF Triple Gold Club

Of the over 15,000 World Championship participants seeking gold since 1930, 9,000 that have skated for the Stanley Cup since 1893, and 4,000 that have competed for Olympic Gold since 1920, only 25 players and one coach have won all three titles. These accomplished 26 are recognized with membership in hockey's most exclusive association, the IIHF's Triple Gold Club.

The club includes individuals from Sweden (9), Canada (9), Russia (6), and the Czech Republic (2), of which the majority are forwards (19) with remainder rounded out by defensemen (6) and a coach. No goalies have earned the honor. All members are listed below by date of admission.

Tomas Jonsson (SWE): 2.27.94
Mats Näslund (SWE): 2.27.94
Håkan Loob (SWE): 2.27.94
Valeri Kamensky (RUS): 6.10.96
Alexei Gusarov (RUS): 6.10.96
Peter Forsberg (SWE): 6.10.96
Viacheslav Fetisov (RUS): 6.7.97
Igor Larionov (RUS): 6.7.97
Alexander Mogilny (RUS): 6.10.00
Vladimir Malakhov (RUS): 6.10.00
Rob Blake (CAN): 2.24.02
Joe Sakic (CAN): 2.24.02
Brendan Shanahan (CAN): 2.24.02
Scott Niedermayer (CAN): 5.9.04
Jaromír Jágr (CZE): 5.15.05
Jiří Šlégr (CZE): 5.15.05
Nicklas Lidström (SWE): 2.26.06
Fredrik Modin (SWE): 2.26.06
Chris Pronger (CAN): 6.6.07
Niklas Kronwall (SWE): 6.4.08
Henrik Zetterberg (SWE): 6.4.08
Mikael Samuelsson (SWE): 6.4.08
Eric Staal (CAN): 2.28.10
Jonathan Toews (CAN): 6.9.10
Patrice Bergeron (CAN): 6.15.11

Mike Babcock (CAN): 2.28.10

During a Triple Gold Club induction ceremony held at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Zetterberg described the challenges of the different championships and the camaraderie of his co-members.

Of the 26 Triple Gold Club cardholders, only Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov and Peter Forsberg have completed a Triple Gold Club Double winning each of the requisite three championships twice.

The next logical step in IIHF recognition is the creation of a Quadruple Gold Club adding World Junior Championship gold to the mix. To date, only 10 players (5 Russian, 5 Canadian) have achieved such status (Kamensky, Gusarov, Fetisov, Larianov, Mogilny, Sakic, Neidermayer, Pronger, Toews, Bergeron) with Fetisov and Larionov being the sole pair to turn a Quadruple Gold Club Double, taking each title twice.

No members of the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings or the 2012 World Hockey Championship gold medal winning team Russia cracked the Triple Gold Club this year. Aspiring athletes will have to wait another year before the window opens again on this elite offering.