'The Hockey News' honors the seasons top players with the Hockey News Awards

Source: Newswire 

"The Hockey News"

According to Newswire, "The Hockey News," the world’s leading authority on the game, has announced their top winners in the annual The Hockey News Awards.

While the NHL hands out major awards to individual players, coaches, and executives, "The Hockey News" editors like to go a step further and recognize excellence in a variety of specialty areas and disciples. Matt Larkin, the associate senior writer at "The Hockey News," explains it:
We decided to create our custom awards to make sure every type of player is honored. For example, the NHL's Norris Trophy goes to the league's best defenseman – but it tends to always go to a defenseman who is a dominant offensive player. What about the rugged defensive defensemen? The grinding penalty-killing forwards? The most fearsome checking forwards?
"The Hockey News" editors name their top five picks for all 12 awards and then the results are tabulated using a points system.  A first-place vote gets five points, a second-place vote gets four points, and so on. The results are then published in the year-end "Champions" Issue.

Notable The Hockey News Award winners from this year’s competition include:

●      MVP - NATHAN MACKINNON, Colorado Avalanche
●      Best Player – CONNOR MCDAVID, Edmonton Oilers
●      Best Goalie - PEKKA RINNE, Nashville Predators
●      Breakout Player - WILLIAM KARLSSON, Vegas Golden Knights
●      Comeback Player - CLAUDE GIROUX, Philadelphia Flyers
●      Best Defenseman – DREW DOUGHTY, Los Angeles Kings
●      Toughest Player – TOM WILSON, Washington Capitals
●      Top Penalty-Killer – JAY BEAGLE, Washington Capitals
●      Best Defensive Defenseman – MATTIAS EKHOLM, Nashville Predators
●      Best Rookie – MATHEW BARZAL, New York Islanders
●      Best Coach – GERARD GALLANY, Vegas Golden Knights
●      Best GM – GEORGE MCPHEE, Vegas Golden Knights

The "Champions" Issue is now available on newsstands and online at TheHockeyNews.com and the App is available at Google Play and Apple iTunes.

About The Hockey News:
The Hockey News is an award-winning multi-platform Canadian brand that has covered every aspect of the sport since 1947. Its Toronto based team of editors, journalists, and staff have been producing the very best publication of hockey industry content for the past 70 years. The Hockey News is owned and published by W. Graeme Roustan, Chairman, and owner of Roustan Media Ltd. For additional information, visit www.TheHockeyNews.com.