The 2021–22 NHL Awards wrapped up last night in Tampa Bay with the final five awards handed out: The Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy, and Ted Lindsay Award. The three finalists for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year award will also be revealed, with the winner being announced midway through the first round of the NHL Draft in a few week’s time.
The Calgary Flames were well represented this year. With finalists in four different awards, they were recognized for their excellent season.
Art Ross Trophy
Awarded to the NHL player who leads the league in points at the end of the regular season.
Johnny Gaudreau – Second Place
Connor McDavid won the Art Ross this season with 123 points. Johnny Gaudreau finished in second place with 115 points. Jonathan Huberdeau also had 115 points, but with 40 goals, Gaudreau held the tiebreaker over Huberdeau.
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
Awarded annually to the leading goal scorer in the NHL’s regular season.
Auston Matthews won the Rocket Richard this season with 60 goals. Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm finished tied for ninth place with 42 goals each, and Gaudreau finished tied for 15th with 40 goals.
William M. Jennings Trophy
Awarded to the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it in the regular season.
Jacob Markstrom – Third Place
The Flames finished with the third fewest goals in the NHL this season with 206. Had they finished first, only Jacob Markstrom would have won the award since Dan Vladar only played 23 games, two fewer than the minimum 25 games played mark.
The Carolina Hurricanes’ goalies Frederick Anderson and Antti Raanta won the award with a combined 200 goals allowed. The New York Rangers’ goalies Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev finished second with a combined 204 goals allowed.
Jack Adams Award
Awarded to the NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.
Darryl Sutter – First Place
Flames head coach Darryl Sutter is the 2021–22 winner of the Jack Adams. He was the winner by a healthy margin, and becomes the second Flames coach to win the award after Bob Hartley in 2014–15.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
Chris Tanev – 25th Place
Each team nominates one player for the Masterton. The Flames chose a worthy nominee in Chris Tanev, who finished in 25th. He received one first place vote and two third place votes.
Frank J. Selke Trophy
Awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
Elias Lindholm – Second Place
With his first career major award nomination, Elias Lindholm finished second in Selke voting this year. His elite two-way game and career season earned him the second most first place votes, and ahead of 2020–21 winner Aleksander Barkov. Patrice Bergeron, the winner of the award this year, had a historic season and was a worthy winner. No Flames player has ever won the Selke, but Lindholm looks to be the franchise’s best chance in a long time.
Mikael Backlund – 13th Place
This was the fifth time Mikael Backlund has received Selke votes in his career. This year, he finished in 13th overall, and received four second place votes.
Johnny Gaudreau – T-27th Place
This was the first time Gaudreau received votes for the Selke in his career. A true testament to how much his two-way game improved this season, Gaudreau received one fourth place vote to finish 27th overall.
Matthew Tkachuk – T-27th Place
Tkachuk also received one fourth place vote, tying him with Gaudreau and others at 27th overall. This was the first time Tkachuk received Selke votes as well.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the player who exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Johnny Gaudreau – Ninth Place
Gaudreau has received Byng votes in each of his full NHL seasons thus far, winning the award in 2016–17. With four first place votes, Gaudreau finished ninth overall this season.
Elias Lindholm – 36th Place
Lindholm received two third place votes to finish 36th overall.
Oliver Kylington – T-55th Place
Oliver Kylington had never received a vote for a major NHL award in his career thus far. He received one fourth and one fifth place vote to finish 55th overall this year.
Calle Jarnkrok – T-66th Place
Calle Jarnkrok was the fourth Flame to earn votes for the Byng this season, also without a vote in a major NHL award in his career thus far. He received one fifth place vote to finish 66th overall.
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
This year’s winner was P.K. Subban of the New Jersey Devils.
Calder Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the league’s most outstanding rookie player.
This year’s winner was Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings. Flames goalie Vladar was eligible for the award but did not receive any votes.
Hart Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team.
Johnny Gaudreau – Fourth Place
Gaudreau finished fourth overall in Hart Trophy voting receiving three fourth place votes. There was a sizeable gap between Gaudreau and the fifth place finisher Huberdeau—making it a four-man race this season. This was the second time Gaudreau finished fourth in Hart voting, the first time for the 2018–19 season.
Matthew Tkachuk – T-14th Place
Tkachuk received one fifth place vote, tying him for 14th overall in voting. This was the first time Tkachuk has received votes for the Hart in his career.
James Norris Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the defenceman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.
Chris Tanev – T-15th
Neither of the Flames’ top pairing defencemen in Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin received votes for the Norris this season. But, defensive specialist Tanev received one fifth place vote, the first time he’s received votes for the award. It was well deserved for the veteran defender.
Ted Lindsay Award
Awarded to the NHL’s outstanding player as selected by the members of the NHL Players Association.
The winner of the award this season was Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators and McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers were named finalists.
Awarded to the league’s top goaltender.
Jacob Markstrom – Second Place
Markstrom finished second overall in Vezina voting. He did not receive any first place votes, but finished comfortably in second place. Shesterkin ran away with the award this season. Markstrom finished fourth in Vezina voting in 2019–20 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks; this year was the first that he finished as a finalist for any major NHL award.
Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award
Awarded to the top National Hockey League General Manager.
Flames GM Brad Treliving was not a finalist for the award this season.
First and Second All-Star Teams
Best players at each position.
Gaudreau put up career-highs across the board this season, receiving votes for four major NHL awards including a fourth place finish in Hart voting and second in the Art Ross race. He was named a first team NHL All-Star.
Matthew Tkachuk and Jacob Markstrom
Tkachuk and Markstrom, also with career seasons, were named second team NHL All-Stars.
Plenty to be proud of
To say the Flames had a successful season is simply an understatement. With a dominant regular season showing, this team showed steady improvement to their game across all aspects. While there isn’t too much hardware being taken home by the Flames players as Sutter was the only winner, they’ve gotten plenty of recognition.
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