NHL Awards ready to put Vegas on ice

Las Vegas isn’t exactly known as a hockey town, but we do know how to throw a party, so it’s no surprise the National Hockey League chose Vegas to host its annual awards ceremony.

The NHL Awards will feature the biggest names in the sport,as well as some hot Hollywood celebrities on Thursday, June 18, at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel.

Professional hockey players scheduled to participate in the 2009 NHL Awards include Tony Esposito, Sergei Fedorov, Ron Francis, Doug Gilmour, Pat LaFontaine, Igor Larionov, Brian Leetch, Mark Messier, Joe Nieuwendyk, Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick and more.

Several individual honors will be presented at the 2009 NHL Awards including the Art Ross Trophy (top scorer for the regular season), Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey), Calder Memorial Trophy (outstanding rookie), Frank J. Selke Trophy (outstanding defensive forward), Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player to his team), James Norris Memorial Trophy (outstanding all-around defenseman) and many more.

Recording artist Robin Thicke and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Chaka Khan will perform and the NHL Awards house band will be led by Saturday Night Live bandleader Katreese Barnes.

Notable celebrity hockey fans Snoop Dogg, Michael Bublé, William Fichtner, Lauren Holly, Colin Ferguson and others are scheduled to appear.

Players, coaches, presenters and special guests will arrive on the red carpet at the Palms Hotel beginning at 3:15 p.m. The public is welcome to watch the red carpet arrivals, so don’t forget your camera!


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