Players ditched their sweaters, instead opting for tuxedos; and were treated to an Oscars –style ceremony, complete with musical performances, celebrity presenters and long-winded acceptance speeches that were promptly cut off.
There were deserving victories, some surprising snubs and a few laughs. But who were the big winners?
The face of the league, Sidney Crosby cleaned up with three awards. His Olympic teammate Patrice Bergeron took on two of three earned by the Boston Bruins. He was also named the player that would grace the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 15. Goaltender Tuukka Rask got the other, edging out Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the Vezina Trophy by 13 points in the night’s closest vote. Not to worry, Colorado Avalanche also cleaned up, earning three awards of their own.
Here is a list of each award, the winner and the other nominees they beat out.