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Kenan Thompson returns to host NHL Awards after 2-year hiatus

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Kenan Thompson returns to host NHL Awards after 2-year hiatus
Kenan Thompson will return to host the NHL Awards. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

June 8 (UPI) -- The NHL announced that Kenan Thompson will host the NHL Awards again on Wednesday. The NHL Awards air June 21 at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Thompson previously hosted the NHL Awards in 2019. The awards show was on hiatus for 2020 and 2021.

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"Whether it's the regular season or the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NHL certainly knows how to put on a show and I'm honored to be a part of it again," Thompson said in a statement. "The playoffs have been so exciting I can't wait to cap off this great season as the host of the 2022 NHL Awards."

The NHL Awards will broadcast from the city of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. That will be either New York City or Tampa, Fla.

The winners in six categories will be announced on June 21: most valuable player, outstanding goaltender, outstanding defenseman, outstanding rookie, the Ted Lindsay Award for "most outstanding player" and the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence. The the National Hockey League Players' Association votes on the Ted Lindsay Award.

Seven award winners have already been announced: Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. Calgary Flames' Darryl Sutter won the Jack Adams Award.

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Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Baltimore's Noel Acton won the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award.

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy. Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Connor won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and New Jersey Devils' P.K. Subban won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

Thompson completed his 19th season on Saturday Night Live in May. His NBC prime time series Kenan ended after two seasons.

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