Two years ago, general manager Marc Bergevin took over a Canadiens club that was the worst in the Eastern Conference (31-35-16) and the third-worst in the entire NHL.
This past season, the Canadiens finished fourth in the Eastern Conference (46-28-8) with 100 points during the regular season. But that wasn’t enough for Bergevin to win the General Manager of the Year Award at the NHL Awards Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks won the award after his team finished with the second-best record in the NHL during the regular season (54-20-8), finishing one point behind the Boston Bruins (54-19-9). Dean Lombardi of the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings was the third finalist for the GM award.
Voting for the GM award was conducted among the 30 NHL general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the end of the regular season. Murray finished first in voting with 66 points (nine first-place votes, six second-place votes and three third-place votes). Bergevin was second with 49 points (7-4-2) and Lombardi third with 33 points (3-4-6).
Former Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s top coach after leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 52-22-8 record (the third-best in the league) during his rookie season behind an NHL bench.
Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban was beaten out by the Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron to be on the cover of the NHL15 video game.
Here’s the complete list of award winners:
Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player): Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Calder Trophy (Best Rookie): Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado Avalanche
Norris Trophy (Best Defenceman): Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender): Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike): Ryan O’Reilly, C, Colorado Avalanche
Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward): Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins
Masterton Trophy (Perseverance, Sportsmanship & Dedication to Hockey): Dominic Moore, C, N.Y. Rangers
Jack Adams Award (Best Head Coach)” Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche
Ted Lindsay Award (Most Outstanding Player as Voted by NHLPA): Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Mark Messier Award (Leadership On & Off the Ice): Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles Kings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (Leadership On Ice and in Community): Andrew Ference, D, Edmonton Oilers
General Manager of the Year: Bob Murray, Anaheim Ducks
Art Ross Trophy (Regular Season Scoring Leader): Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Richard Trophy (Regular Season Goal Leader): Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals
Jennings Trophy (Lowest Goals Against Average): Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
King Clancy Trophy (Humanitarian Contribution to the Community): Andrew Ference, D, Edmonton Oilers
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