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Tampa adds to trophy haul

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2004

TORONTO (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have a few more awards to go with their Stanley Cup.

Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella won coach of the year, Brad Richards was saluted as most gentlemanly player and Martin St. Louis took home the biggest prize as league MVP at the NHL awards banquet Thursday night.

St. Louis also was presented with the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion and, earlier in the day, he won the Lester B. Pearson Award as most outstanding player as selected by his peers.

''It's going to be a tough year to top,'' said St. Louis, who became the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1987 to win the Hart, Ross and Stanley Cup in the same season.

He's only the eighth player in NHL history to complete the triple.

Tampa Bay beat Calgary in Game 7 of finals on Monday.

''I don't know if it means I'm the best player in the NHL,'' St. Louis said. ''There are a lot of great players and to be considered among them is very flattering.''

It wasn't even close: St. Louis was first on 97 of 105 ballots and amassed 1,016 points, while runner-up Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames was second with two firsts and 253 points.

''We've got a lot of guys on our team who deserve credit,'' said St. Louis, a 5-foot-8 dynamo who was one of the smallest men ever to win the scoring title. ''You can't do all this with just two or three guys.''

He beat out Colorado captain Joe Sakic and Florida goalie Roberto Luongo for the Pearson. Sakic was the last player (2001) before St. Louis to win the Pearson and the Hart in the same year.

Tortorella was the first U.S.-born coach to win the Adams Award. San Jose's Ron Wilson was second and Calgary's Darryl Sutter was third in the voting.

Actor Russell Crowe read out Richards' name as the winner of the Lady Byng Trophy. Richards spent only 12 minutes in penalty boxes last season. Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson was runnerup.

New Jersey's Brodeur was named best goalie for the second year in a row. Fifteen of the 30 NHL general managers picked Brodeur for the Vezina Trophy. Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff was runnerup.

''I've got to hold onto these two because it's going to be hard to win any more with all the good young goalies coming up,'' said Brodeur.

Devils teammate Scott Niedermayer won the Norris Trophy as best defenseman, amassing 872 points and getting 72 first-place votes. Ottawa's Zdeno Chara was second with 563 points and 19 first-place votes.

''This is pretty new to me,'' said Niedermayer. ''Lots of people would say, 'Hey, you've got a good chance to win.' But I didn't expect to have to get out of my seat and make a speech.

Kris Draper, of the Detroit Red Wings, who anchored the league's best penalty-killing unit and also had a career-best 40 points, won the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward.

''I'm in some unbelievable company in winning the Selke Trophy,'' he said. ''Everything I've always done is team oriented and it's going to continue to be that way but to be singled out as the Selke winner is really special.''

Draper got 66 first-place votes and 839 points. John Madden of the Devils was a distant second with 368 points.

Boston's Andrew Raycroft won the Calder Trophy as top rookie after getting 93 of the 105 available first-place votes.

He went 14-6-3 in his last 23 games to lift the Bruins to first place in the Northeast Division. Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder was second with 11 first-place votes.

Iginla was given the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scoring along with Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers. All three scored 41 times.

Iginla was also handed the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership on and off the ice.



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