Gagne and Pitkanen Capture Annual Awards
Saturday, 04.15.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
In a ceremony prior to Saturday's Flyers-New York Rangers game at the Wachovia Center, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the winners of the team's 2005-06 awards – the Bobby Clarke Trophy for most valuable player, the Barry Ashbee Trophy for most outstanding defenseman and the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy for most improved player from the previous season.
Left wing Simon Gagne has won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team's most valuable player, as selected by a panel of sportscasters and sportswriters. Gagne has recorded 45 goals and 32 assists for 77 points and 36 penalty minutes in 69 games for the Flyers this season. He is first on the team in goals (45, tied for sixth in the NHL), points (77), plus/minus (+29, tied for eighth in the NHL), game-winning goals (7, tied for eighth in the NHL) and shots (320, fifth in the NHL). His 45 goals and 77 points are new career highs for a single season.
Joni Pitkanen was the unanimous choice as winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team's most outstanding defenseman, as voted by a panel of sportscasters and sportswriters. Pitkanen has recorded 13 goals and 32 assists for 45 points and 74 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. He leads Flyers defensemen in goals, assists and points.
Pitkanen has also won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates. His goal, assist and point totals are all new career highs for a single season and he leads the team in average time on ice (23:39).