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He’s got Hart: Kane named NHL’s MVP

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane captured the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player on Wednesday.

The announcement came at the season-ending NHL Awards gala in Las Vegas, site of the NHL’s newly announced expansion team.

Kane received 121 first-place votes and appeared on each of the 150 Hart ballots cast for 1,395 points. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, named on 145 ballots, including 11 first-place tallies, finished second in with 800 points, followed by Dallas Stars left winger Jamie Benn (637).

“It’s been quite a ride, obviously,” Kane said. “A lot of great moments along the way. I feel like at 27 right now, hopefully, there’s some more in the cards.”

Kane posted career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and points (106) to capture the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top point-scorer and power the Blackhawks to their eighth consecutive playoff appearance. He notched at least one point in 64 of his 82 contests, highlighted by a franchise-record, 26-game point streak from Oct. 17 to Dec. 13.

The other awards handed out:

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s top defenseman; Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals won his first Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best goaltender; Chicago Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin was named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy awarded to the league’s top rookie; Florida Panthers right winger Jaromir Jagr was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin was named the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions; Kings center Anze Kopitar captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, for sportsmanship; Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was named the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award for off-ice contributions; Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber was named the winner of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award; the Washington Capitals’ Barry Trotz won the Jack Adams Award, presented to the coach of the year; and Jim Rutherford of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

Doughty beat out defending Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks for his first Norris Trophy in his third appearance as a finalist. He appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive season and was third in the league in average ice time (28:01).

Holtby garnered 26 first-place votes from the 30 cast by NHL general managers for the Vezina Trophy. His 140 voting points placed him ahead of Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick. Holtby equaled a single-season NHL record with 48 wins, tying the mark set by New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur in 2006-07.

Panarin, 24, received votes on all 150 Calder ballots submitted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and he was the top choice on 88.

Panarin, who signed with the Blackhawks in May 2015, led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47), points (77), power-play goals (eight), power-play points (24) and game-winning goals (7) while skating in 80 games.