Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews has won the Hart Trophy, becoming just the the third player in franchise history to take home the NHL’s MVP award and the first since Ted Kennedy in 1955.
Matthews beat out finalists Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers for the Hart at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.
“Congrats to Igor, Connor on amazing seasons,” Matthews said in his Hart acceptance speech. “Like I said before, so much respect for you guys, you guys are incredible at what you do.”
Matthews, who was a Hart Trophy finalist for the second straight year after finishing second in voting in 2020-21, was the overwhelming choice this season. He secured 119 first-place votes and 49 second-place tallies, collecting 1,630 points.
McDavid, the two-time and defending Hart Trophy winner, received 29 first-place votes and 1,111 points to finish second in voting. Shesterkin, who earlier in the night won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender, finished third with 738 points.
The Hart Trophy marked the second honour of Matthews’ night, having been named the Ted Lindsay Award winner as the league’s most outstanding player according to his peers.
“My family, it means the world to me to have you guys here with me, thank you guys for just your unwavering support, I can’t thank you guys enough,” Matthews said in his acceptance speech for the Ted Lindsay Award. “It just means a lot to be recognized by my fellow peers and the guys that I compete against every single night, battle against, it just means a lot.”
Matthews, who played in 73 of Toronto’s regular season-games, was instrumental in helping the Maple Leafs secure a franchise-best 115-point season.
“I want to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs, from top to bottom,” Matthews said. “Management, ownership, coaches, all the staff, every single one of my teammates — this doesn’t happen without you guys, so thank you.”
In addition to leading the Leafs in points this season with 106, Matthews led the league in goals with 60 — setting a franchise record which also earned him his second Rocket Richard Trophy in a row.
“All the fans, Toronto Maple Leafs fans, Leaf Nation, there’s nobody like you guys,” Matthews said. “My family, again, love you guys so much. It means the world to me to have you guys here. I know Father’s Day was a couple days ago, but Brian, this one’s for you.”
Serbia’s Nikola Jokic secures largest contract in NBA history at US$303 million
Jokic, the two-time reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP), is now secured to the Nuggets for a total of six seasons for US$303 million.
The deal includes a player option and a trade kicker. The contract will kick in during the 2023-24 season at US$46.6 million and climb every season until 2027-28 when Jokic is set to make US$61.5 million.
Jokic, 27, averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 74 games for the Nuggets last season, to win the league’s top individual honour for a second straight season, becoming the 15th player to win at least two MVP awards in his career and the 10th to win them in back-to-back seasons.
“I don’t know what else you can say about Nikola at this point. He has consistently improved his game, he has consistently proven people wrong when they doubt him and he is consistently the best player on the floor night in and night out. I have said it many times before, I am extremely grateful to coach Nikola Jokic and just as grateful for the bond that we have built off the court in our seven years together,” said Nuggets coach, Michael Malone.
Jokic, who was born in Sombor, Serbia, was the No. 41 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He came to the league a year later and quickly made himself an essential part of Denver’s plans before blossoming into an All-Star for the first time in the 2018-19 season.
Now a four-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, Jokic has become arguably the greatest passing big player in the history of the NBA.
Sports in Canada – How to Get Your Sports Interest Awakened
If most of your friends all love sports, but you feel more or less left out because the interest is just not there, it might just be that you haven’t found the right sport yet. There are so many different sports out there, that many people are simply surprised. If there’s one sport you don’t really like, there might just be another one more suitable for you.
Maybe you have checked out some NFL predictions and placed some bets but never tried the sport for yourself? Even if you’ve learned a lot from reading different sports news and checking NFL expert picks, it is never the same as trying out the sport yourself. Once you do, chances are you’ll instantly fall in love with it.
What are the most popular sports in Canada?
To find the right sport for you, you will have to do a bit of research. First of all, you have to figure out which sport may catch your interest. Next, you will have to figure out which sports options are available in your area. In Canada, the most popular sports include ice hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and cricket. There are, of course, many other types of sports to choose from in this beautiful country, but these are just the most popular ones. Outdoor sports are very popular in Canada, and you may be able to try out rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, depending on where you live.
Try it out for yourself
Reading about and watching different sports can be very informative, yet it’s not the same as trying them out yourself. What you might want to check is if there are some trial sessions you can do in your local area.
Take a mate with you
Sometimes, it’s much easier to try out new things if you’re not doing them alone, but with a friend instead. If you’re missing some motivation, it can be very helpful to bring a mate, as you will feel more obligated to go. Maybe the sport you decided to try out will bring you and your friend even closer together.
Team sports or individual sports
There are many benefits when doing team sports. Not only will you make new friends, but you will also learn a lot about working together with other people. But if you’re better at being on your own there are many individual sports to choose from.
Guide: 3 ways to get more into sports
Being active every single day is something most people might know is recommended. But it is far from everyone active enough in their daily lives for many different reasons. One of the reasons for not doing any sports or physical activity can be because of limited time and interest. There are ways to figure out a way to a more active life, which you can find more information on in this article.
One really important factor when it comes to doing sports is interest. It is important that you have a general interest in a chosen sport to find the motivation. Lack of motivation is one of the key factors to many people skipping physical activities, so make sure you find something you will like when it comes to finding a relevant sport.
Finding the right sport
Luckily there are so many different types of sports you can do, so if soccer or volleyball is not your thing, there are many more. If you’re already familiar with sports betting and nfl picks against the spread, maybe you should look into this type of sport and try it out for yourself. The good thing about being in Canada is you can not only play fun games but try out many outdoor sports as well. Maybe skiing, snowboarding, or mountain biking is something to consider.
The wild, beautiful nature makes it so worth it to be outside while doing sports. The best thing you can do is to do some proper research in terms of sports options around you. If you want to know more sports news for different sports categories, you might find this site relevant.
Take a friend with you
Sometimes new things are easier if you’re two people doing it. If you want to attend a new sport, it might be a good idea to take your friend with you even if it is just for a trial session. Maybe you will both enjoy the sport and have an activity together for a long time. When you’re going somewhere with someone else, it is also more motivating as you feel more obligated to go.
Try different sports
Why not try out some different sports to see which ones you’ll like the most. Some places might offer a trial session, so you know what you’re in for before signing up for a membership.
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