Vegas to host NHL Awards

The NHL's annual awards show will be held in Las Vegas for the first time on June 18.

The NHL Awards are going to Las Vegas.

The league announced a three-year deal with city officials on Friday that will stage the annual post-season gala at the Palms Hotel. This year, it will be held on June 18.

It will be the first time the awards show, traditionally held in Toronto shortly after the Stanley Cup final, will be held in Vegas.

CBC Television and will continue to broadcast the event in Canada.

"Las Vegas specializes in shining the spotlight on outstanding performers," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Its innate energy offers an exciting setting for our celebration of excellence."

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the show, where the NHL's top regular-season performers are honoured in such categories as most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenceman (Norris Trophy), outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy), and best coach (Jack Adams Award).

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was last year's big winner, taking home the Hart along with the Art Ross Trophy (scoring champion), Maurice Richard Trophy (most goals) and the Lester B. Pearson Award (most outstanding player as voted by his peers).

The Palms is owned by the Maloof family, which also controls the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

"We are so thrilled to be the host of the 2009 NHL Awards," said George Maloof.  "Working with the National Hockey League in bringing this event to Las Vegas is something that will be great for our community."