Hart Memorial Trophy
The award given to the player judged as most valuable to his team. The award is more commonly known as league MVP.
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Brett’s Pick: Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
Claude Giroux got off to an abysmal start to the 2013-2014 season, and so did the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers started 4-10-1 in their first 15 games of the regular season. During that time, Giroux had just 7 points and was a -10. From that point on, Claude Giroux had 79 points in 67 games, and he was a +17. His team went 38-20-9 in those 67 games, and they are facing off against the New York Rangers in the Playoffs.
Claude Giroux showed this season that he is the true leader of the Flyers. When he does well, his team does well and visa-versa. Clause Giroux was the most valuable player on the Flyers, and in the NHL, this year.
Runner Ups: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Wes’s Pick: Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
Most will have Sidney Crosby here due to his statistics, and while he’s not the wrong choice, Giroux did more to will his team into the playoffs. If you watched him and the Flyers play from the Olympic break to the end of the season, you saw some beautiful hockey as the Flyers’ captain played with so much intensity to get his team into the postseason.
Runner Ups: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)