13 Jun 2008
Montreal, Quebec (Canada), June 13, 2008 – Reebok Hockey would like to congratulate Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and recent Stanley Cup winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings on their outstanding seasons which culminated in the reception of individual awards at the 2008 NHL Awards Show in Toronto, ON.
Veteran Reebok goaltender Martin Brodeur collected the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender for the second consecutive year and fourth of the last five following another stellar campaign. Brodeur finished with 44 wins, extending his own NHL record with his seventh career 40-win season. He was first amongst NHL netminders in minutes played with 4,635, second in victories and fifth in goals-against average (2.17). Brodeur became just the second goaltender in NHL history to reach the 500-victory mark with a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on November 17th.
For the third consecutive season Pavel Datsyuk was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the player determined to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, combined with a high standard of playing ability. Datsyuk led the Detroit Red Wings in scoring for the third consecutive season setting a career high with 97 points. As a testament to Pavel’s all around play, he was also presented the Frank J. Selke Trophy which is awarded annually to the NHL’s top defensive forward. Datsyuk not only led the NHL in takeaways with (144) but also finished with the best plus/minus at (+41).
Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, another Reebok Advisory Team Member, was the runner-up in voting for the Norris Trophy awarded annually to the NHL’s top defenseman. Phaneuf was named to the NHL First All-Star Team following an exceptional season that saw him finish second amongst all NHL defenseman in goals (17) while setting career highs in both assists (43) and points (60). Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted by representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.
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