Jim Montgomery thanked those who helped him past his alcohol issues and encouraged those who are battling themselves after winning the NHL Coach of the Year honors. https://t.co/AnwmyvhEZB
– masslivesports (@masslivesports) June 27, 2023
One of the big absentees, however, was Patrice Bergeron. The Quebecer, who made history by winning his sixth Selke, missed the ceremony as his wife was about to give birth to the couple’s fourth child.
List of winners, voting results from 2023 NHL Awardshttps://t.co/2sMOqv5FQT
– NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) June 27, 2023
It’s a good reason, we agree.
The father of a family, who doesn’t know if he’ll be back in the NHL next year, wasn’t the only Quebecer honoured last night in Nashville. In fact, he wasn’t even the only Bruins Quebecer honoured.
That said, you should know that he didn’t win the Hart unanimously. One person didn’t give him a first-place vote, and it wasn’t because he was placed second.
McDavid had all first-place Hart votes… except for one fifth-place vote 🤔 pic.twitter.com/81f0HkeEJB
– B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) June 27, 2023
I don’t know who voted for him that way, but we do know the player who edged out McDavid, freshly engaged, at the top of the ballot. It was David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins.
That’s poor judgment.
– Speaking of the Bruins’ coach.
– Speaking of McDavid.
Asked Connor McDavid about the NHL’s decision not to have teams sport special jerseys during pre-game warmups on themed nights after the refusal by a handful of players to wear Pride jerseys this season caused unwelcome distractions:
Full response here: pic.twitter.com/w613Z7RkcZ
– Joshua Clipperton (@JClipperton_CP) June 27, 2023
– Love it.
– With good reason.