Flyers Present Annual Team Awards
Team MVP, Outstanding Defenseman and other trophies handed out pre-game
Thursday, 04.5.2012 / 7:07 PM ET / News
The Philadelphia Flyers presented their 2011-12 end-of-season awards tonight before the start of their final regular season home game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center.
Bobby Clarke Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
|Bobby Clarke Trophy|
Barry Ashbee Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman)
|The Barry Ashbee Trophy|
Kimmo Timonen earned his third Barry Ashbee Trophy as voted by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters. Timonen previously won the award in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
Timonen entered tonight’s game with four goals (all on the power play) and 39 assists for 43 points, which leads Flyers defensemen in scoring, and has appeared in 74 of the team’s 80 games so far.
Timonen’s 43 points and 39 assists are each short of his personal best in the category as a Flyer – he had 44 points in 2007-08 and 40 assists in 2008-09. Timonen becomes the third Flyer to win the award three or more times since its inception in 1974-75, joining Eric Desjardins (7) and Mark Howe (4).
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy (Most Improved Player)
Scott Hartnell was named the Flyers’ most improved player from the previous season, as voted by his teammates.
Hartnell has enjoyed a career year, having set new personal highs in goals (37) and points (67) while coming into tonight’s game tied with his career high in assists (30).
Heading into tonight’s action, Hartnell has seen an increase of 18 points (13 goals, five assists) from last year’s final statistics. Hartnell has been one of the most dangerous power play threats in the NHL this season with 16 power play goals, which ranks second in the league heading into tonight’s games.
Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award
|The Yanick Dupre Trophy|
The award honors the memory of Yanick Dupre, who died on August 16, 1997 at the age of 24 after a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre played parts of three seasons with the Flyers (1991-92, 1994-95 and 1995-96), recording two goals and 16 penalty minutes in 35 games. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (50th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
Gene Hart Memorial Award
|The Gene Hart Trophy|
The Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club selected Wayne Simmonds as the winner of the Gene Hart Memorial Award. This award is given to the player who demonstrated the most “Heart” during the season as voted on by members of the Fan Club at their monthly meetings.
The award honors the memory of longtime Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart. For 28 years, Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart called the organization’s most thrilling moments, and in the process, helped spawn generations of devoted fans. Hart’s contributions to the sport were recognized with his induction into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.
Presenting the award to Simmonds was Flyers Fan Club president Joe Fisher and Fan Club member Josh Ash, along with Sarah and Lauren Hart. The Flyers Fan Club will also donate $2,000 to the charity of Simmonds’s choice.
|The Toyota Cup Trophy|
Presenting Giroux with the award was Paul Muller, representing the Tri-State Toyota Dealers. In addition, the Tri-State Toyota Dealers will make a $5,000 donation to the charity of Giroux’s choice.
"The Tri-State Toyota Dealers are so proud to once again support the Philadelphia Flyers through the Toyota Cup," said Muller. "This is such a special award really because it symbolizes what the Philadelphia Flyers are all about; a team that while being successful on the ice, has never forgotten the good of the community. We are happy to have Claude Giroux, one of the bright young talents of the game, carry on this tradition and to make a $5000 donation to the charity of his choosing on behalf of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers."
In addition to the Flyers team awards, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov received a Tiffany crystal from the National Hockey League during the ceremony to commemorate his 25th career shutout, recorded on Feb. 7 vs. the New York Islanders. Presenting the award was Jim Gregory, SVP of Hockey Operations for the NHL.