Bonus hardware! Handing out the real end-of-year Canucks team awards

The Vancouver Canucks handed out their team awards on Thursday night prior to their lacklustre effort against the Anaheim Ducks. Henrik Sedin took home the Cyrus H. McLean award as the Canucks’ leading scorer and will keep it unless Daniel manages to score 6 points on Saturday against the Oilers without Henrik getting any.

Dan Hamhuis deservedly won the Babe Pratt award for best defenceman, Cory Schneider understandably won the Cyclone Taylor award as the team’s MVP, and Jannik Hansen simultaneously had his praises sung as the team’s Most Exciting Player and was named the team’s unsung hero with the Fred J. Hume award.

That just doesn’t seem like enough awards, so we put together seven more:

The Tweety award for Best Twitter Account: @strombone1

Was this ever in doubt? Roberto Luongo’s long-suspected (and since-confirmed) twitter account isn’t just the best Canucks twitter account, it’s the best twitter account in the NHL, finally giving the beleaguered goaltender an outlet for his oddball sense of humour and endearing him to fans during one of the most difficult stretches of his career.

The Daniel and Henrik Sedin award for Best Sedins: Johanna and Marinette

We’re going off the board with this one, as the wives of the Sedin twins had to put up with several extra months of their husbands moping about the house during the lockout. They deserve credit and we’re giving it to them.

The Raffi Torres award for Goofiest Looking Canuck: Zack Kassian

Kassian’s combination of long, scraggly hair, a prematurely-receding hairline, missing tooth, and occasional wild man antics made him impossible to beat.

The Pavel Bure award for Best Rookie: Jordan Schroeder

The Canucks have only iced four rookies this season and Schroeder is the only one who has played more than two games. The 2009 first round pick scored 9 points in 31 games, but proved he can play at the NHL-level by not being a defensive liability and holding his own against larger opponents. It may seem a bit much to give the Pavel Bure award to someone who simply held his own, but they can’t all be once-in-a-generation talents.

The Kay Whitmore award for Best Backup: Roberto Luongo

Luongo sat on the bench wearing a baseball hat better than any other Canuck this season.

The Chris Levesque award for Best Emergency Backup: Dustin Butler

With Cory Schneider out of the lineup with the flu, the Canucks needed both a replacement goaltender and a replacement redhead. They found both in University of Calgary goaltender Dustin Butler, who kept the bench warm for Luongo while he played the Flames.

The Alex Burrows award for Most Penalties: Alex Burrows

Poor Burrows just couldn’t catch a break with the referees this season, leading the Canucks in minor penalties by a country mile. He finished second in penalty minutes behind Tom Sestito, despite not taking a single major penalty all year.

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14 comments

  1. akidd
    April 26, 2013

    hey, shouldn’t have tanev have gotten the the unsung hero award?!?

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  2. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    April 26, 2013

    I wounder how a guy who has already won the Unsung Hero award can win it a second time? Did Hansen stop getting “sung” sometime between his recognition in 2010 and now? That’s gotta be rough…

    It reminds me of when people started paradoxically speculating mid-season on Hansen’s chance at the award during the 2009-10 season – if you’re listing a guy as a front-runner, he’s not actually an unsung hero…! It’s kind of like when everyone agrees that a player is under/overrated – if everyone is saying this, he’s by definition not under/overrated.

    Also a bit surprised to see Hamhuis take the Babe Pratt after an inconsistent season. I thought Garrison might scoop that one up with the final 3/4 of a season he had.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      April 26, 2013

      Hamhuis was by far the Canucks best defenceman and I’m honestly baffled to see you describe him as inconsistent. His offensive numbers put him on pace for a career year over an 82-game season and he leads all Canucks defencemen in scoring, all while still playing tough minutes against some of the best players in the NHL.

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      • J21
        April 26, 2013

        I only get to see snippets of most games — I’m mostly going by all the complaining I read online (particularly in the first half of the season).

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        • Daniel Wagner
          April 26, 2013

          Ha! Fair enough. I would say that Hamhuis didn’t deserve a lot of the flak he got early this season.

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      • ikillchicken
        April 27, 2013

        I’d completely agree that Hamhuis was by far ONE of the Canucks best defensemen. I think Garrison was nearly as good if as good though. He’s been every bit as good defensively as Hamhuis save maybe the first quarter of the season. And while Hamhuis may lead in points, Garrison is tied for the lead in goals. I don’t by any means object to Hamhuis getting the nod but I definitely think Garrison is right up there as well.

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  3. smj
    April 26, 2013

    my unsung hero would be lou because this year has got to be even harder than it looks for such a competitor. unsung not for talent but for class. even though it has been recognized (and thus sung, I guess)…its still impossible to understand what he must be going through. *jynx alert* IF we do win this year, I sure hope he can take immense pride in it even if he doesn’t start a single game; we aren’t this team without him on it so whatever happens I hope he is proud.

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  4. Amor de Cosmos
    April 26, 2013

    I’m inaugurating the Neil Belland award for most invisible, yet altogether worthy, Canuck. It goes, once again — or would have done if it had previously existed — to defensive stalwart… the ever existential Andrew Alberts. Who it, must be said, has become dangerously noticeable in recent weeks. Mostly in a good way fortunately.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      April 26, 2013

      I thought Alberts actually had a pretty good season. I’m putting together a post, probably to go up early next week, that should highlight one of the strongest areas of his game: the penalty kill.

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      • Lenny
        April 26, 2013

        Wow.. a whole entire post on Andrew Alberts. Totally unprecedented and probably will never happen again anywhere in the media.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          April 26, 2013

          Ha! No, unfortunately it won’t be an entire post about Alberts. The post itself will be about the penalty kill and it just so happens that Alberts is one of the better Canucks on the PK.

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      • Amor de Cosmos
        April 26, 2013

        Oh, be still my beating heart. I can hardly wait.

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  5. PeeSeeGee
    April 26, 2013

    Zack Kassian is what I imagine Hacksaw Jim Dugan looked like in his youth.

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  6. Andre
    April 27, 2013

    Shouldn’t we also hand out awards for the dumbest give-away (several contenders) or best spark plug (few contenders)?

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