Are The NHL Awards Too Diluted?

John Woods, The Canadian Press, Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin will win the Maurice Richard Trophy this year, but does he qualify for the Hart? (John Woods//The Canadian Press)

NHL award season is upon us and there are many – too many – to hand out. It seems that every couple of years, the league decides to introduce a new player award – named after someone who retired quite some time ago or even recently. Take the Mark Messier Leadership Award for example. It’s a recent award named after a player who retired not too long ago.

But are the qualifications becoming too grey? Are there too many awards taking away from each other and the achievement and honour that comes with accomplishing such a feat? My latest story looks at the individual player awards in the National Hockey League and how some of them are too subjective when choosing a winner. 

For more, check out my latest article where I ask if it’s too much to ask for black and white qualifications in award winners.

Are the NHL Awards Too Diluted? – Published on The Hockey Writers


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