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

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The NHL's yearly awards were announced in Las Vegas on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena and McDavid was named the recipient of the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP, and the Ted Lindsay Award, which is the league's best player as voted on by the NHLPA.

Matthews led all first-year players this season and tied for second in the league with 40 goals, including four in his NHL debut.

But now, a decade after Crosby captured the Hart for the first time, you can add Edmonton Oilers' phenom Connor McDavid to the exclusive list of 20-or-under players with Hart honors.

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

Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson earned the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey".

McDavid and Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus were the other two Hart Trophy candidates, while Crosby, McDavid and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks were up for the Lindsay Award. Bergeron also claimed the trophy in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Matthews was the no-brainer choice for the Calder after his 69-point rookie season for the Leafs. Picking the 20-year old National Hockey League player was likely an easy decision given his recent awards and accomplishments within the league.

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Boston's Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhuh-rahn) has captured the Selke Trophy for the fourth time in six years, an award that goes to the best defensive forward.

McDavid's league-leading 100 points were 11 more than Crosby in second. Under Tortorella, the Blue Jackets (50-24-8, 108 points) set franchise records for wins, points, home wins (28) and road points (51). Anderson was forced to take several leaves of absence from Ottawa this season while his wife, Nicholle, battled cancer.

"I think it's the way that he played the game hard and was always in the right position", Bergeron said.

“I think its going to be great, ” Matthews said.

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"So I'm definitely a huge fan of the games and to be on the cover ... it's awesome."
They also revealed that a Public Beta for National Hockey League 18 will be available to download beginning July 25 (registration is open at EASports.com now), as well as the first gameplay trailer.

Burns beat out Ottawas Erik Karlsson for the Norris in a duel of two 70-point scorers. Watching McDavid play this year was awesome as a hockey fan, here's hoping his career doesn't fall into the same game cover curse that many other athletes have dealt with over the years.

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