Hearing chatter about the NHL Awards not being worth watching and maybe in some years I would buy the argument. Not this year. For the first time since 1990, and the first time on live television, Oilers fans are going to be able to see an active player accept a major award. Maybe more than one.
Sometimes I think the verbal on things gets so strong we trick ourselves into thinking these moments don’t matter. They do in fact matter. You may not get another chance to see this for a long time (27 years is a long time!) so drink it in, enjoy it.
When Connor McDavid steps up and accepts the Art Ross Trophy, tweet and facebook and instagram and pinterest yourself silly! And do the same for the Lindsay and the Hart, should he win one or both.
Oilers fans have waited a long time for this, and tomorrow night is a big damned deal. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
JACK ADAMS TROPHY
Based on opening night ovations last fall, Todd McLellan is a wildly popular personality among Oilers fans. He is nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy tomorrow night, and if McLellan wins he will be the second man to win it as coach of the Oilers. The first winner, Glen Sather, won in 1986 in what was a ridiculously late honor (Slats had coached Edmonton to Stanley’s in 1984 and 1985). It’s a tough trophy to win, but McLellan has a story to tell.
GM OF THE YEAR
Peter Chiarelli is up for general manager of the year, a relatively new award given out since 2010. This award will eventually be known as the Sam Pollock Trophy.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Enjoy tomorrow night! Please! Back in the 1980’s I was young and stupid and thought the Oilers would win Stanley and run off with the hardware every year. All good things must pass, so drink it in. Enjoy.