With the 24th regular season of 239 in the history books, I felt now was a great time to take a sneak peak at the finalist and eventual winners of each award to be handed out. This is completely my sole opinion and in no way should this reflect or influence any other persons vote. With that said... if you're smart, this is how YOU will vote! Hart Memorial - Given to the MVP of the league. Nominees: -Veds (The Meow Shop): Without a shadow of a doubt Veds proved his case to be the best player in the league this season. Not only did he prove his value on the ice by finishing with 99 pts (league leader), a +57 (league leader), and 63 assist (league leader) in only 27 GP, he put on his detective hat week 2 of the year and busted the biggest cheating scandal in 239 history. Like him or hate him, you can not deny this man the Hart. Winner: Veds. Without sounding too bias as his teams captain, no one else had the type of season Veds had and thus no one else deserves to even be mentioned imo. Lady Byng - Given to the player deemed to have outstanding sportsmanship while also performing at a high level on ice. Nominees: -Cob13 (Peaky Pickles): After a season of bouncing around teams and in and out of starting lineups, Cob found his home with his friends at Peaky Pickles. Quietly, the team voted preseason as dead last, with some even suggesting the worst team in 239 history, Cob put up 60 pts (29 goals, 31 asst) while helping lead his team to a #3 seed overall. He also managed to finish with only 12 PIMs while collecting 109 hits, 4 GWGs and generally being one of the nicest guys you'll meet on Xbox. -Lemanski (Mystery Alaska): Another surprise playoff team, Lemanski collected 47 pts (24 goals, 23 asst) while pulling off a shocking 8th seed playoff appearance with his team Mystery Alaska. While being a high end goal scorer, you'll find not many who has a bad thing to say about this guy. He carries himself with class while performing at a elite level on ice. -Disnub (Jealous of my QC ping): Always a jack of all trades, this season Disnub proved exactly how versatile he is. Splitting his season up between LW and LD, he finish the season with 12 GP at LW closing up with 17 pts (8 goals, 9 asst). He also contributed on the back end playing 15 games at LD, collecting 7 assist while posting a +16 while playing on the backend. Combine this with being one of the more laid back, nicest guys in the league. Winner: Cob13. While all 3 of these guys are more than deserving of the award, Cob really stood out on the ice this year posting amazing numbers to finish in the top 10 in the league in points, while continuing the be a shining example of how to conduct yourself off the ice. Vezina Trophy - Given to the best goalie in the league Nominees: -Renfri (Cervix Busters): Making a switch over to goalie after 275 GP as a LD, Renfri showed she is an elite player at any position. Starting in 30 games this season, she posted 3 shutouts (tied-2nd most in league),and a .816 save % along side a 2.63 GAA. She did this while facing the most shots of any goalie in the league (441, next closest 413) and making the most saves of any goalie in the league at 360, 37 more than the next highest. Her amazing season between the pipes help lead the Cervix Busters to a 2nd seed. -Oilstain (#1 Power Rankings/The Meow Shop): A mid-season trade found Oilstain making his way from Pale's #1 Power Rankings squad to The Meow Shop. His first impression with the new team? 6 shutouts in his first 9 games. He would finish the season with a league leading 8 shutouts, a league leading 2.01 GAA, and a league leading .821 save % through 33 GP between his 2 teams. This performance help spur on his team Meow Shop to win the Presidents Trophy and top seed. -Xx of a Kind (I don't care, blame Kelch): Coming off a great season and a finals appearance, Kind followed up with another solid campaign in net. Through 28 GP (with current stats in), Kind finished with a 3.11 GAA (5th in league), a .782 save % (3rd best in league), and 3 shutouts (tied-2nd in league). His team fell just short of the final playoff push, just missing out by a point in 9th place, but most would agree a large part of the success of the team making it that far came from Kinds exceptional play. Winner: Oilstain. This is a closer race than I imagined before looking at the stats. With 8 shutouts, and a league best in the 3 major goaltending stat categories it seems like a slam dunk. But truly honorable mention needs to be given to Renfri here for the season she amassed in her first year in net. Facing more shots than any other goalie while finishing top 2 in basically every category shouldn't go unnoticed and it hasn't. But Oil had a special season and that too cannot be overlooked. He led every single major category a goalie can be asked to lead and really made some big stops along the way to putting up those numbers. Calder Trophy - Awarded to best rookie Nominees: -Oilstain (#1 Power Rankings/The Meow Shop): Read above in Vezina category for stats and praise. All that and yes, this was his rookie season in 239 despite being a grizzled chel vet. -Sportsxx (Peaky Pickles): While only playing in a total of 24 games, his impact in his rookie season cannot be denied. Helping push his team to a 3rd seed, Sports finished top 10 in scoring with 57 pts (25 goals, 32 asst), 2nd in pts on his team only behind his teammate Cob who finished with 3 more pts in 6 extra GP. Playing a dynamic style on the wing, Sports gave Peaky the extra fire power upfront the not only be able to survive, but thrive against the best teams and players in the league nightly. -Hylightt (I don't care, blame Kelch): Coming into the league as a A1xFreak referral put a bunch of pressure on this rookie and he didn't disappoint. Finishing the season top 15 in league scoring with 46 pts (26 goals, 20 asst), he played as A1's right hand man on the wing. He flipped between RW/LW (mostly RW) showing his versatility being able to switch sides if called upon. Winner: Sportsxx. Again another award with 3 very deserving candidates, but someone has to win. In this scenario, I give the nod to Sports for his incredible rookie year finishing top 10 in pts and helping lead a team no one believed in to a top seed.