Awards Night On The Strip

 

What rivals the Academy Awards, Grammys, Emmys, and Golden Globe Awards?

Not the NHL Awards Show, that’s for sure.

Tonight’s the night we see players wearing uncomfortable tuxedos and their women beaming proudly. We see awkward speeches, hopefully some seriously low cleavage in the audience, and no Scott Gomez anywhere. We’ve also seen Ron McLean completely out of his element as a stand-up comedian, a cringe-inducing time in space if there ever was one, and maybe he’s been told to stay home.

And for those of you who gag at the thought of Nickelback performing, please keep in mind that Robin Thicke sang a couple of years back and I ask you, what’s worse?

I don’t know exactly what it is about Nickelback. Everybody dumps on this Canadian band, but I don’t mind them. Is that uncool to say? Do you like Robin Thicke better?

When I was a truck driver working out of Calgary, I would sometimes deliver cases of food to various stores in Hanna, Alberta, home of the Nickelback guys and Lanny McDonald. I’ve never ever delivered groceries in Robin Thicke’s hometown of Los Angeles.

In the recent past, the Awards show has been at the Palms in Vegas, which must have been uncomfortable for the players, wives, and executives because the Palms is about three blocks from the Strip, which is way too far. Tonight they’ve moved to the Wynn, one of the nicest hotels in the city, right on Las Vegas Boulevard in the heart of the Strip, and where, if rumours are correct, sex has taken place in hotels rooms at various times, although I heard that several years ago and I don’t know if it’s still the case.

The big ones are on the line.

Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin, and Steven Stamkos are up for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the most valuable to his team. I say give it to Malkin and hopefully cameras pan in on his girlfriend jiggling as she claps.

The Vezina, judged by general managers as top goalie, have Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Jonathan Quick battling it out. Tim Thomas couldn’t make it because he’s committed to doing a song and dance at the White House.

The Norris sees Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson, and Shea Weber on the short list. Give it to Karlsson. He’s already been partly ruined by getting a big seven-year contract from the Ottawa Senators which will zap much of the hunger out of the kid, and now a Norris, which will zap even more. Sens owner Eugene Melnyk predicted that Karlsson will become one of the greatest defensemen in the history of the game, so load the money and awards on him now and we’ll see how this prediction stands up.

And the Bridgestone Messier Leadership Award goes to the league for coming up with the stupidest name for an award.

Other awards handed out tonight include player with the hottest wife or girlfriend, best stick boy, the Bridgestone Gomez Getting The Job Done Award, the Sean Avery For The Love Of The Game Award, and the Nickelback Courage Award for showing up when everyone hates them except me.

The one award that should be a lock, even if I am biased? Max Pacioretty taking home the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy awarded for perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication. Max came back from a broken neck to blossom into a star power forward, and he’s done it with grace and style, never losing a beat after such a tragic event. What a nice touch it would be to see Zdeno Chara present this award.

13 thoughts on “Awards Night On The Strip”

  1. I like your criteria Dennis. It doesn’t matter what these players have done all year, if there’s no Canadien finalist, the award should be decided in favour of whoever has the best looking wife or girlfriend.

    I’ll say it too, I like Nickelback. I don’t understand why everyone hates them so. They’re good Canadian rockers. Yes they’ll never be confused for the Stones or Zeppelin, but they don’t need walkers to get on stage either. And they’re a hell of a lot better than LMFAO that have been popping up on awards shows everywhere, or the Black Eyed Peas before them.

  2. I have no real opinion on Nickleback since I rarely listen to today’s music. I’m always in the past when it comes to music so I wouldn’t know if these guys were “terrible” or “great” and why. As long as it isn’t hip-hop, I’m happy.

    I’m glad Max won the award and I hope Chara sat there squirming in his seat.

    I really hope that one day a Hab will win that Rocket Richard trophy. It’d be nice. Apparently they’re thinking of naming our new bridge after the Rocket – which I think is awesome.

    Is it October yet?

  3. Darth, I hadn’t heard about the new bridge-naming and I think it’s a wonderful idea. I agree with you – a Hab winning the Richard Trophy would be great. I’ve said for years that Montreal needs another 50 or 60 goal scorer. He’d be the toast of the town.

  4. I think Max could be our 50 goal-scorer as well. If that’s so, will his price ever go up. Thankfully our good friend should be gone by then so we can afford someone who actually tries.

  5. Darth, I have a lottery ticket and I’m hoping to win 17 million. If I do, I’m going to hire Gomez to wash my car.

  6. I like that Max won the award as well and especially like seeing all the guys in suits (rarrrrrrr), but the award show in itself is really quite stupid (and so Hollywood).

  7. Marjo, I keep watching it every year in the hopes that it’ll be good for a change but it never is. It’s always dreadful, and you said it, quite stupid.

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