There will be no opening performance by Canadian music act Nickelback, no red carpet interview with the Stanley Cup-winning captain, and no funny Brendan Shanahan impersonator sketches.
And don’t expect Canadian actor Matthew Perry to pop up with an opening monologue. But there has been a reported leak of the top defenceman award. And the winner is … no, no, you’ll have to wait.
In this lockout-shortened season, the National Hockey League first did away with the all-star game and now the one-night awards show from Las Vegas.
Saturday’s award winners will be revealed on Hockey Night in Canada’s Scotiabank Hockey Tonight show prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on CBC Television and live streamed at CBCSports.ca at 7 p.m. ET. A live chat with fans also will be held with the online stream.
Winners of the Hart, Calder, Norris and Vezina trophies will be named along with the recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHL Players’ Association.
The two-part awards show began Friday with the following winners:
- Bill Masterton Trophy: Josh Harding, Minnesota
- Frank J. Selke Trophy: Jonathan Toews, Chicago
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
- Jack Adams Award: Paul MacLean, Ottawa
- General Manager of the Year Award: Ray Shero, Pittsburgh
- King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Boston
- Mark Messier Leadership Award: Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa
- NHL Foundation Award: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit
At 8 p.m., the Boston Bruins will attempt to rebound from a series-opening 4-3 loss in triple overtime when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks (CBC, CBCSports.ca).
Have your say on which player is most deserving by voting in four polls below (Hart, Calder, Norris and Vezina) for Saturday's awards and explain your choices in the comment section.