Thursday, June 12, 2008

Alex Ovechkin - The New King of Bling?

So as you know, today is HUGE day in Caps land with Caps coach Bruce Boudreau up for NHL Coach of the Year, Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom up for Rookie of the Year and of course, Alex Ovechkin up for both the Most Valuable Player (Hart Trophy) and Lester B. Pearson award for Most Outstanding Player. The Pearson award is given to the most outstanding player as voted on by his fellow players in the league - which is an especially cool honor. Hockey Mom predicts that OV will become the new "King of Bling" by the end of this evening and walk away with both awards in addition to the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies he won earlier. At this rate, OV will definitely have to add a new wing to his house to accomodate all the bling - the "bling wing"! So tonight I'll have one eye on the television and one eye on my kids' travel tryouts. It's a good thing hockey moms have eyes in the back of their heads!

I will jump for joy if Coach Boudreau wins tonight; he is so deserving! What a nice guy too - met him at the Caps Meet the Team party last year. I personally am thrilled that he'll be the Caps coach for the foreseeable future! Good luck Bruce - you've got lots of people cheering for you...

Of course Nick Backstrom had a great rookie year and a great run in the playoffs. And he's only 21! He does face a little competition in the Rookie of the Year category from fellow nominees Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks so it will be exciting to see who walks away with this one. Good luck Nick, you're awesome....

And ladies, it's hard to believe but there is actually an award for being a "perfect gentleman of the sport of hockey" - the Lady Byng Trophy. I don't have a hard time believing it, I think pro hockey players are some of the nicest guys around and are definitely more accessible to their fans than other pro athletes! So congrats to this year's nominees for the Lady Byng trophy: Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay), Jason Pominville (Buffalo) and Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit). Well done!

If (I mean, when) OV wins the Hart trophy for MVP, he is tentatively scheduled to be given a key to the city of D.C. tomorrow in a ceremony complete with a marching band. I say give him a parade, but this is D.C. and the traffic is already heinous! Hockey Mom hopes to be on the scene for the historic event if it occurs!

So tune in to the NHL Awards Show on Versus tonight at 7 p.m. ET to see which NHL players score some hardware!

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