Feel like there are too many awards that are named after people and you lost track of what they are actually for? I understand your problem, because there are 17 different awards, and am here to help! We will break down each award and who is nominated for what. Then, I will predict who the winners will be in a following post.
Hart Memorial Trophy
This is basically for the MVP of hockey.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
This one honours those who are great players ability-wise while balancing a small amount of penalty minutes and great sportsmanship.
This is for the best goaltender in the league.
Calder Memorial Trophy
The award for the best rookie player.
Art Ross Trophy
The player with the most points at the end of the regular season is awarded this trophy.
Winner: Connor McDavid
James Norris Memorial Trophy
The best all-around defenceman wins this award.
Conn Smythe Trophy
The best player in the playoffs wins this award.
Winner: Sidney Crosby
Bill Masterston Memorial Trophy
Given to a player who perseveres through challenges thrown in their way and remains dedicated to hockey.
Ted Lindsay Award
Pretty much the MVP again but given by the National Hockey League's Players Association (NHLPA).
Jack Adams Award
The best coach that year will win this award.
Mike Babcock, Toronto
Todd McLellan, Edmonton
John Tortorella, Columbus
Frank J. Selke Trophy
Given to the best defensive forward.
William M. Jennings Trophy
Awarded to the goaltender(s) that allowed the fewest goals scored against them in the regular season.
Winner: Braden Holtby
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Given to the player that not only has good sportsmanship on the ice but also makes charitable contributions to the community.
NHL Foundation Player Award
Awarded to one who uses his dedication to hockey to make their community better.
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
Given to the top goal scorer after the regular season.
Winner: Sidney Crosby
Mark Messier Leadership Award
An award for a player that has the best leadership qualities on and off the ice.
NHL General Manager of the Year
Celebrates the best general manger for that season.
Peter Chiarelli, Edmonton
Pierre Dorion, Ottawa
David Poile, Nashville
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!