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S16 - Whalers Award Rundown [WB10]


Early this week, the Hartford Whalers released the winners of their annual team awards.  To the surprise of few, Brain Campbell earned a lot of hardware, to the surprise of many; so did David Vyborny.

Leading the way this year with three awards is Czech native, David Vyborny.  It was known that Vyborny would be awarded the top goalscorer, as he finished first in the clubs goal scoring with thirty-five goals on the season.  Vyborny was also the clubs winner of the teams Gentlemanly Conduct award and for the second straight season, was voted as the clubs top defensive forward.

Finishing the year with a club best eighty-seven points, Brian Campbell was the clubs top point getter for the third time in the past four years.  Campbell also won the award for the clubs top defenseman (also for the third time in the past four seasons).

After securing a two year contract worth $14M per season, Bobby Holik was awarded the clubs MVP award.  For Holik, this is the first time he has won this award with the Whalers, in spite of starting his career with the Whalers.  Holik brought a blend of offensive acumen (eighty-six points in seventy-six games) along with the high level of physical and defensive play he is known for.

Despite struggling for long parts of the season, Nikolia Khabibulan was voted as the club's top goaltender.

Duncan Keith was the club's winner of its rookie-of-the-year award.  Keith finished the season with thrifty-three points, good for eighth in club scoring.

Finally, Nick Boynton won the award for sportsmanship and perseverance for the second straight season.  This season, Boynton spent the majority of the season post trade deadline on the shelf with a severe leg break.  In total he missed twenty-six games and came back during the last week of the regular season to help the club in the postseason.

On the farm in Regina, there were minimal surprises on the Stags awards list.  Rookie, Mikhail Grabovski earned the clubs rookie of the year, top goalscorer and was awarded the clubs MVP award.  

Corey Crawford won the clubs top goaltender award while narrowly losing out on the clubs rookie of the year award.

All around defender Trevor Daley was the clubs top defender, while fellow defender, Daniel Tjarnqvist was the clubs top point earner.

For the second straight season, Tomas Surovy was the clubs winner of the Gentlemanly Conduct award and Ville Leino won the clubs top defensive forward.

Finally, after a rough season Sean Brown is the clubs winner for perseverance and sportsmanship.


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