Sat, Jun 12, 2004 - Page 18 News List

St Louis wins NHL's top award

AFP , TORONTO

Martin St. Louis give his acceptance speech after being announced the winner of the 2004 Lester B. Pearson Award on Thursday at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.

PHOTO: AP

Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis, the leading scorer in the National Hockey League, was named the league's Most Valuable Player on Thursday during the annual NHL awards ceremony.

The Canadian star, who powered the Lightning to the Stanley Cup playoff crown as well as the best regular-season record, won the Hart Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player to go with the Art Ross Trophy as the top scorer.

He also was named to the NHL First Team All-Star lineup along with Vancouver left wing Markus Naslund, New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur and defender Scott Niedermayer, Ottawa defender Zdeno Chara and Colorado center Joe Sakic.

Brodeur, who led the NHL with 38 triumphs and 11 shutouts, and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who shared the NHL lead with 41 goals and led the Flames within a game of the Stanley Cup, were the other MVP finalists.

Neither Iginla and Brodeur walked away empty handed. Iginla won the King Clancy Trophy for leadership on and off the ice.

Brodeur won the Vezina Trophy as the top NHL goaltender, while Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella was honored with the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.

Lightning forward Brad Richards, the Stanley Cup playoff Most Valuable Player, won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship. Richards scored a record seven goals in the playoffs to spark Tampa Bay's title run.

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