Oilers' McDavid caps NHL season with MVP honours
Connor McDavid has long been pegged as the future face of the NHL, but Wednesday was his coronation.
Capping a season in which the 20-year-old sensation became the youngest captain in history and led the NHL in scoring, the Oilers star won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player by a landslide.
McDavid edged out Sidney Crosby of Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
McDavid received 147 of a possible 175 first-place votes (1,604 points). Crosby got 14 first-place votes and 1,104 points and Bobrovsky finished a distant third with 469 points.
McDavid's league-leading 100 points were 11 more than Crosby in second. He also took home the Ted Lindsay Award, for the league's MVP as voted on by players - following in the footsteps of the latter, who won his first Hart as a 19-year-old in 2007.
Wayne Gretzky is the youngest player to win the Hart. He was six months younger than Crosby in 1980. Thus, it was symbolic that the 'great one' passed the trophy along to McDavid while the Penguins skipper looked on.
Among the other award winners were John Tortorella of the Blue Jackets for Coach of the Year, while Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews was crowned Top Rookie.
Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy for Top Goaltender, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks was crowned best defenseman and Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron took out the defensive forward gong.