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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72