Whatever drama ever exists for the Molson Cup was eliminated by Carey Price’s domination of the trophy’s monthly awards by the end of December after he had won for third straight month. In the end he was selected a “star” by Canadiens fans in 38 of his 70 starts and won the monthly award five of six times.
There was a better discussion over who should win the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy, which goes annually to an “unsung hero” or, as the Canadiens describe it – ‘the player who was dominant without earning any particular honour’. Defenseman Roman Hamrlik took this season’s honour over Hal Gill 114 points to 80.
The 37 year old Hamrlik was asked to shoulder a major load after season-ending knee injuries shelved first Andrei Markov and then last year’s award winner Josh Gorges.
Hamrlik blocked 187 shots during the season, most on the Canadiens and fourth-ranked in the NHL. He had a defensive rating of plus-6.
From the Canadiens Publicity Department –
HAMRLIK WINS JACQUES BEAUCHAMP-MOLSON TROPHY
MONTREAL (April 4, 2011) – Members of the media covering the Montreal Canadiens voted defenseman Roman Hamrlik as the 2010-11 recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the member of the Canadiens who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honor. Hamrlik, who ranked fifth in the standings in last year’s voting, succeeds Josh Gorges who earned the award in 2009- 10.
Hamrlik received the most first-place votes in the race for the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy, for a total of 114 points in the overall standings, ahead of teammates Hal Gill (80 points) and Mathieu Darche (79 points).
A native of Zlin, Czech Republic, Hamrlik leads the Canadiens with a total of 1,696:36 minutes of play. He has averaged 22:29 minutes of ice time per game. He ranks second this season among Canadiens defensemen with a total of 129 shots on goal and a +6 plus-minus differential. Hamrlik has blocked 187 shots, first on the Canadiens and fourth in the NHL. He led all NHL defensemen in February with nine assists (0-9-9).
The 6’2’’, 212 lbs defenseman played his 1,300th NHL career game on March 17 against Tampa Bay, and recorded
his 600th career point and his 150th career goal on December 1 against Edmonton. Hamrlik currently ranks fourth among active players with a total of 1,308 NHL regular season games.
Created in 1981 to honor the memory of the legendary sportswriter who spent most of his professional career covering the Canadiens, the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy was first awarded to Doug Jarvis following the 1981-82 season.
2010-11 Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy Rankings
Roman Hamrlik 114
Hal Gill 80
Mathieu Darche 79
Jeff Halpern 26
David Desharnais 18
CAREY PRICE WINS MOLSON CUP
MONTREAL (April 4, 2011) – Goaltender Carey Price is the Montreal Canadiens Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season.
Born in Anahim Lake, British-Columbia, Price received 27,630 fan votes in the Molson Cup standings during the regular season. Price finished ahead of teammates Tomas Plekanec (11,893 votes) and Brian Gionta (8,862 votes).
Price, the Canadiens’ Player-of-the-Month in October, November, December, and February, also ranked first for the March-April segment with a monthly harvest of 7,434 votes, ahead of teammates Lars Eller (2,389 votes) and Max Pacioretty (2,320 votes).
Thus far, Price has played 70 games during the regular season (tied for 2nd in the NHL), tying a club record for most games played in a season by a goaltender. He has posted a record of 36 wins (tied for 2nd in the NHL), 28 losses and 6 overtime/shootout losses with a 2.39 goals-against-average (10th in the NHL) and a .921 save percentage (tied for 9th in the NHL). Price has recorded eight shutouts in 2010-11, third most among NHL goaltenders. He ranks second in the NHL with 1,913 saves and third with 4,085 minutes of time on ice.
The 23-year old goaltender was named the NHL First Star for the week ending on November 14 (3-0-0 record, 1.00 GAA and a .970 save percentage) and the NHL Second Star for the week ending on March 6 (3-0-0 record, 1.00 GAA and a .974 save percentage). Price was named the NHL Second Star for the Month in November with an 8-4-0 record, a 1.59 goals against average and a .952 save percentage.
2010-11 Molson Cup Standings
#Star Selections 1* 2* 3 * Votes
Carey Price 38 14 19 5 27,630
Tomas Plekanec 17 4 6 7 11,893
Brian Gionta 12 2 3 7 8,862