The title says it all, congratulations to Ryan Miller for winning his first Vezina trophy, along with the NHL Foundation award for his charity work. Both well-deserved honors, and I’m very happy for him. I’m also happy that some of the out-of-town media got to hear him give a speech, as he got a lot of praise for being thoughtful and articulate. It’s cool that we get to hear him all the time.
Tyler Myers took home some hardware of his own, taking the Calder trophy in a landslide. He had 94 first place votes, and the next closest was Jimmy Howard with 24. I’ve been banging the Tyler Myers for Calder drum since he made the team, so it’s pretty satisfying to see him up there towering over everyone with the trophy. Sweet.
One thing that’s always interesting is to check the voting numbers for the various awards, which you can see here. Of note:
- Miller was 4th for the Hart, with 13 1st place votes.
- Tyler Myers got 6 5th place votes for the Norris trophy.
- Jochen Hecht had a 3rd place vote and 4 5th place votes for the Selke. Grier, Connolly and Gaustad also got votes.
- Lindy Ruff had 2 2nd place and 7 3rd place votes for the Jack Adams.
All in all, an impressive showing for our boys, and you can’t help but feel the future is bright for this team. Here’s hoping for more Calder candidates, and oh yeah, a Stanley Cup in there somewhere would work.