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Ovechkin named hockey's MVP

June 12, 2008 at 9:27 PM   |   Comments

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TORONTO, June 12 (UPI) -- Washington winger Alex Ovechkin capped the NHL Awards Show Thursday by winning his first Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

Ovechkin received 128 first-place votes on the 134 ballots cast by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Ovechkin had also won the Art Ross Trophy that goes to the NHL scoring leader and the Maurice Richard Trophy that is awarded to the top goal scorer. Ovechkin produced 112 points with 65 goals during the regular season.

Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom claimed his sixth Norris Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top defenseman. The only players with more Norris awards have been Bobby Orr (8) and Doug Harvey (7).

Other award winners included:

-- Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk, who captured both the Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship) and Frank Selke Trophy (top defensive forward).

-- Chicago winger Patrick Kane, winner of the Calder Trophy (top rookie).

-- New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who won the Vezina Trophy (top goaltender).

-- Washington's Bruce Boudreau, who claimed the Jack Adams Award (coach of the year).

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