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.Tags: Alex Burrows, awards, Blogs are for lists, Dustin Butler, Jordan Schroeder, Roberto Luongo, strombone1, Zack Kassian