Edmonton's Connor McDavid wins first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

The fantastic 20-year old center for the Edmonton Oiler was awarded the Hart Trophy Wednesday night, being crowned the MVP of the National Hockey League for just the first time in his young National Hockey League career.

McDavid scored 30 goals and tallied 100 total points for the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016-2017 season, leading the team in an impressive postseason run that ended in a second-round loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Following the franchise's yearly tradition, EA also officially announced the upcoming game's cover star, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid.

Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award, making him the first National Hockey League player to win both awards in the same year. The only other Oiler to be named league MVP is Wayne Gretzky, who won the award eight consecutive times between 1980 and 1987. The former No. 1 pick beat out fellow finalists Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Pittsburghs Sidney Crosby.

Bergeron also won the Selke in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Matthews is the first Leaf to win the Calder since Brit Selby in 1965-66.

Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship. The new National Hockey League franchise, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, also publicly conducted its Expansion Draft.

McDavid also won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the leagues most outstanding performer in a vote of his fellow players. Bobrovsky, the first Russian to win the award twice, and Tortorella played major roles in the Blue Jackets revival for the best season in franchise history. Anderson left the Senators during the season to support his wife, Nicholle, in her fight against throat cancer, but returned to become Ottawas career victories leader.

There weren't very many shockers as far as the awards went but several players got to add some hardware to their trophy cases following an impressive season.

Additional features include the new Expansion Draft coming to Franchise Mode, Hockey Ultimate Team Solo Challenges, and a new Hockey Training Camp created to ensure players have immediate success on the ice, and much more.

Crosby was a plus-17 in even-strength situations this past season, his second-lowest mark in the last five, and he had just (just) five game-winning goals, four less than previous year.

Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Brent Burns. Marc-Andre Fleury appeared on the stage at T-Mobile Arena in a Golden Knights jersey after the expansion franchise picked him from Pittsburgh. Burns beat out Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. The 40-year-old is likely weighing whether Cleveland is a good spot for him to begin a new career, given the team's recent upheaval and that superstar LeBron James will be eligible for free agency after next season.

We found it a bit odd that NHL 18 wasn't present at this year's EA Play event, but Electronic Arts was promising a big reveal for its latest hockey game this evening...and it didn't disappoint.

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