The Hart Trophy has been won by Connor McDavid for the third time in his career. Even though McDavid is used to this kind of success, he was not able to hide his joy after winning the trophy. "Certainly, it's not lost on me what these trophies mean in the grand scheme of our game," McDavid said, as quoted by NHL.
"To do it a number of times, it means a lot to me. Obviously, it's not the motivating factor, but it's special still. I know the 5-year-old me would be [upset] if I was taking it for granted or something like that, because I'm not.
It's special." The trophy was presented to him by the family of Oilers superfan Ben Stelter, who died in August from glioblastoma. During his remarks McDavid expresses how emotional the event was, and how much Ben will be missed by everyone.
"It really was a surprise and obviously emotional seeing them there," McDavid said. "Everything they've been through, we obviously miss our buddy Ben, but the Ben Stelter Fund is doing such great things keeping his memory alive."
Ted Lindsay Award
Ted Lindsay Award is a trophy given to one of the most outstanding players in the National Hockey League every year.
The NHL Players' Association casts the votes. As a result of his colleagues' recognition and appreciation for the qualities he possesses and the effort he has put in, McDavid is very happy. "I really feel that (the Ted Lindsay) is the most prestigious award that is given out here tonight in terms of hockey awards," McDavid said.
"To have your peers recognize you, they're the ones you go to battle with every night, and for them to single you out, obviously, it's really, really special." McDavid also won the Art Ross Trophy. During the interview, this great player shared memories from his career and the support he received from his teammates.
As a matter of fact, he believes that none of these successes would have been possible without them. "That makes me think about my teammates, that makes me think about my past teammates as well, everybody that I've played with or I continue to play with.
It just as easily could have been [Leon Draisaitl] standing on the stage as well, he's that good. Obviously, playing with a special power-play unit, I think about those guys and just the entire group. I wouldn't be standing up there without each and every single one of them, and I truly mean that, because everybody brings something to that group and has brought something to me as a person, and that's players past and present."
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