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END OF SEASON AWARDS; FIRST FLYERS HEADED TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Voracek takes two awards, Timonen and Giroux repeat; Heeter to Team USA, Noebels to Team Germany
Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 3:49 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PHILADELPHIA -- It’s the final home game of the season (wow, that flew by) so it’s time for the Flyers to hand out their end of season awards.

As is customary, there will be a pre-game ceremony to present the awards tonight and five different players will receive the six awards.

The big winner will be Jake Voracek, who will be recognized for his breakout season by winning two key awards.

He will be the recipient of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team’s Most Valuable Player, an award voted on by a select panel of broadcasters and members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA).

Voracek will also receive the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the most improved player from the previous season, as voted on by his teammates.

It’s not a surprise that Voracek takes home both titles as he has posted 45 points in 46 games, second-best on the team, and leads the team in goals scored with 21, which is a career high, despite the shortened season.

With two games remaining, Voracek has an outside shot to set a career best in points as well. That watermark is 50 points set in 2009-10 with the Columbus Blue Jackets, which he reached in 81 games.

Voracek, 23, had 49 points in his first season with the Flyers in 2011-12, in 78 games played.

Kimmo Timonen will again be the recipient of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s best defenseman, taking home the award for the second straight year and fourth time since joining the Flyers in 2007.

Timonen, 38, averaged .64 points per game this season, his best in six easons with the Flyers and third-best in his career. He finished with 29 points in 45 games before missing the final three games of the season with a fractured foot. He also finished plus-3 for the season, second best on the team and tops among defensemen.

Like the Clarke Trophy, the Ashbee Trophy is voted on by a select panel of Broadcasters and members of the PHWA.

Scott Hartnell was named the winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award presented annually by the Philadelphia chapter of the PHWA to the Flyer who illustrates the most character, dignity and respect for the sport both on and off the ice.

Dating back to last summer, Hartnell was very involved with charity work off the ice both back home in Saskatchewan and here in the Philadelphia area through his golf tournament and also through the Hartnell Down Foundation.

This season, while a trying one for Hartnell, 31, who missed 16 games with a fractured foot, was one of perseverance, as he dealt with a difficult recovery from the injury.

The Gene Hart Memorial Award is presented annually by the Flyers Fan Club to the player that they judge to have the most “heart” on the ice.

This year’s recipient is Zac Rinaldo, whose growth as a checking forward resonated with Philadelphia fans.

Rinaldo, 22, led the NHL in hits per 60 minutes, averaging a whopping 32 hits every 60 minutes of ice time.

He finished with 143 hits in just 32 games, which still ranks 16th in the NHL despite having not played since April 3.

Finally, Claude Giroux is the winner of the Toyota Cup for the second season in a row.

The Toyota Cup is presented every year to the player who accrues the most points from being one of the three stars of the game throughout the season.

Giroux, 25, earned that honor again by leading the team in scoring with 47 points in 46 games this season.

Last year’s winner’s are listed below:

Bobby Clarke Trophy – Giroux

Barry Ashbee Trophy – Timonen

Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy – Hartnell

Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award – Jaromir Jagr

Gene Hart Memorial Award – Wayne Simmonds

Toyota Cup - Giroux

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Two other organizational notes of congratulations are in order.

Adirondack Phantoms goalie Cal Heeter, who dressed for one game with the Flyers this season, but didn’t see any action, was named as one of two goalies for Team USA for the IIHF World Championships in Finland and Sweden beginning May 3.

Heeter will join Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop on the team, as the first 15 members of the squad were named earlier today by USA Hockey.

Heeter expressed his excitement earlier today with the following tweet from his account:

“So excited to represent USA at the World Championships in Finland! Truly an honor and a great opportunity. Can't wait for this experience!”

Heeter, 24, went 12-16-3 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .908 save percentage in 32 games with the Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

He also appeared in eight games with the now defunct Trenton Titans of the East Coast Hockey League, going 3-3-0 with a 3.18 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

Meanwhile, Adirondack Phantoms right wing Marcel Noebels will represent Team Germany at the Championships.

Noebels, 21, Had 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 43 games this season with the Phantoms. He joined the Phantoms at the midpoint of the season after playing the first half of the season with the Titans in the ECHL.

While at Trenton Noebels had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 31 games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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