Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Edmonton's Connor McDavid wins first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers center, was announced as the cover athlete for EA SPORTS' NHL 18 at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft in Las Vegas.

The honors capped a remarkable sophomore season for the 20-year-old center, who won his first scoring title and led the Oilers back to the Stanley Cup playoffs after an 11-year absence.

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates after winning the Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player to His Team) during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas.

McDavid is the first Oiler to win the Hart Trophy since Mark Messier in 1989-90.

The 20-year-old beat out fellow finalists Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Sidney Crosby, of the current Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

Calgary Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability".

McDavid would then officially be awarded the Art Ross Trophy, which he clinched at the end of the 2016-17 regular season. Many in the audience at Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena shed tears during a video featuring Bickell and his wife, Amanda, while the National Hockey League and its players association made a $20,000 joint contribution to their charitable foundation, which trains rescued pit bulls to help abused children and those with MS.

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And still, through all that we-can-only-say-this-about-an-all-time-great-player "mediocrity" this season, Crosby was one of the best players in the league.

"I think it's the way that he played the game hard and was always in the right position", Bergeron said.

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The hockey world will know the results of general manager George McPhee's machinations over the next few days, although numerous reports already have leaked out through the teams giving up players to the Golden Knights. It was the first time a San Jose player won that award, and Burns got it ahead of the Senators' Erik Karlsson and the Lightning's Victor Hedman.

Philadelphia opens October 4 at the San Jose Sharks, who have the longest active season-opener winning streak at seven. Rather, it was the fact that McDavid dragged Edmonton out of a decade-long post-season drought, giving the franchise their first taste of playoff action in the post-lockout National Hockey League. Hardly anybody in hockey believes it will be his last.

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