Both the Calgary Flames and the Western Hockey League have been announcing awards this past week, and several Flames veterans and a key prospect have been honoured for their play over the past season.
On the NHL side, the Flames finished announcing their year-end team awards – including a trio of awards handed out for the first time this season:
- Harley H. Hotchkiss Award (most valuable player): Elias Lindholm
- Clayton H. Riddell Award (top defenseman): Mark Giordano
- J.R. “Bud” McCaig Award (showcasing respect, courtesy and compassion): Chris Tanev
- Ralph and Sonia Scurfield Humanitarian Award: Mikael Backlund
- Darryl “Doc” Seaman Award (top scorer): Johnny Gaudreau
The five awards showcase outstanding Flames players and pay tribute to past owners of the club who have passed away; it’s the first time they’ve awarded the Hotchkiss, Riddell and Seaman awards. Aside from some differences of opinion regarding the team’s best defenseman – Giordano finished well and led the blueliners in offensive categories, but arguably Tanev and Noah Hanifin had better all-around seasons – these awards were likely given to the correct players.
Over in the WHL, Dustin Wolf received a pair of honours to add to his U.S. Division All-Star Team spot from earlier in the week. Wolf was named both the U.S. Division’s top goaltender and its top player overall.
He led the WHL in wins, shared the lead in shutouts and was second in the league in GAA and SV%. @NHLFlames prospect Dustin Wolf is the U.S. Division Player of the Year presented by @KiaCanada.#WHLAwards | @WHLSilvertips pic.twitter.com/Hu51uZYSrt
— The WHL (@TheWHL) June 4, 2021