Maclean, wearing the shiniest tux I have seen on TV, opened the envelope and Lindsay announced Ovi as the winner.-- Dan Rosen
This one used to be the Lester B. Pearson Award, but it's aptly named now in favor of Ted Lindsay. It goes to the player voted most outstanding in the NHL and it's voted on by the players. This award is a big deal to the players because their peers are the ones that vote for it.
Ovi said "it was a tough night last night." I think he would retire to Vegas if he could. He gave kudos to his late brother, which was really nice. But, just as he was supposed to leave the stage, well, he wouldn't do it.
They introduced Reese Waters, the host of the Daily Line on Versus, but Ovi wouldn't go away. He never does. He's everywhere and you can't get rid of him. He's persistent.
Totally agree with Mike Prada:
Think about what Ovechkin lingered around to talk about. Before he was cut off, all he said were the requisite platitudes that don't mean anything. But as soon as he stopped talking the first time, it was as if he realized"Crap, I really should thank some of my teammates, since otherwise the vengeful, annoying media will get on me for something stupid again."So he did, and wouldn't get off the stage until everyone who needed to be given a shoutout got one.
Ovi couldn't leave without saying 'thank you' to Ted Leonsis, GMGM, Bruce Boudreau and the team, he did the right thing!
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