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Ducks’ Perry Voted NHL MVP, Bruins’ Thomas Named Top Goalie

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was voted the National Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player and Tim Thomas, who helped the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup, was named the sport’s top goaltender.

Perry was chosen as MVP by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks was picked as MVP by players at last night’s ceremony in Las Vegas.

Perry also took the award for goal-scoring leader with 50 goals and Sedin was honored for amassing a league-high 104 regular-season points.

Thomas, who finished the season with a 35-11-9 record and league-record .938 save percentage, helped the Bruins end their 39-year wait for a sixth Stanley Cup title with a shutout performance in Game 7 of the final.

Dan Bylsma was honored as Coach of the Year after guiding the Pittsburgh Penguins to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

For the seventh time, Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom was named the defenseman showing the greatest all-around ability in the position.

Ryan Kesler of the Canucks received the award for outstanding defensive forward; goaltenders Robert Luongo and Cory Schneider were honored for the fewest goals allowed; and Mike Gillis took the award for the best general manager.

New York Islanders center Doug Weight was singled out for his humanitarian contribution to his community.

RECIPIENT         TEAM                  AWARD
Zdeno Chara       Boston Bruins         Leadership Award
Jeff Skinner      Carolina Hurricanes   Best Rookie
Barret Jackman    St. Louis Blues       Most Proficient Rookie
Martin St. Louis  Tampa Bay Lightning   Sportsmanship
Ian Laperriere    Philadelphia Flyers   Dedication
Dustin Brown      Los Angeles Kings     Charitable giving

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