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Guy Behind the Guy: Writers' Awards (Update)

Friday, 04.10.2009 / 1:48 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Mike Sundheim
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Guy Behind the Guy: Writers\' Awards (Update)
Luke DeCock, chairperson for the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, was on hand after practice today to present two annual awards to Hurricanes players.

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The group unanimously chose goaltender Cam Ward as the team's most valuable player this season. It marks the first time since 2001 that a netminder won the MVP award, as Arturs Irbe took home the honor that season. The MVP award went to Eric Staal two of the last three seasons, and Ray Whitney in 2007.

The "Good Guy" Award, given for cooperation with the local media, went to Tuomo Ruutu. It was a strong choice, as Ruutu makes himself available to the media following just about every game, win or lose, and is always ready with a
thoughtful quote. It marks the first time the honor has gone to a European-born player since Irbe won it in 2002. Other past "Good Guy" winner include Cam Ward (2008), Mike Commodore (2007), Aaron Ward (2006) and Kevyn Adams (2003 and 2004).

"I'll have to show my mom," said Ruutu, smiling as usual. "Show her that she was wrong."

In unrelated news, it sounds like we'll have some nice participation from members of the local media, including a few television anchors, in the Kids 'N Community Foundation's Beard-a-thon. I will post a blog with the complete list when it is finalized, but it should be a lot of fun to watch some faces get scruffy in the next few weeks.

I will be among those participating, and I look forward to the challenge of proving my folical superiority to the three other Hurricanes web bloggers - Paul Branecky, Doug Warf and Jon Chase. I expect a strong challenge from Mr. Warf, but in the end, I believe that the fast-developing shadow that proves to be an annoyance in most of my daily life will be an asset in this grizzly contest.

Media Alert Update: The Ray Whitney-Brijit Whitney-Matt Cullen episode of "For Love or the Game" is available now on espn.com. Check it out here.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62