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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81