"Jean (Béliveau) was a star, a statesman of our game," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "He is the emblem of elegance and class." Photograph by: Ethan Miller, Getty Images
From The Montreal Gazette:
Best moment during sluggish NHL awards night.
MONTREAL - On this awards night, in singles and a few times in pairs, the NHL's best appeared on the stage of this Las Vegas hotel. There was none of the glitz during this 90-minute celebration of excellence normally associated with the gambling capital of North America. No upsets, either.
I mean ... did anyone among you really think Alex Ovechkin would not repeat as the Hart Trophy winner? He was the game's most exciting player in 2007-08, and it's not a stretch to suggest he improved on his performance this season. It's why he received 115 of 133 first-place votes.
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