Bettman says National Hockey League will call more slashes

Bettman says National Hockey League will call more slashes

The native of Ontario scored 30 goals while adding 70 assists, which led the league and led Edmonton to its first appearance in the playoffs in the past 11 years. At even strength he had 34 helpers, the fewest in any season he's played this many games, and he tallied just 11 power-play assists, the fewest of his career outside of those terrible 2011-12 and 2012-13 injury-plagued seasons. But so it went on Wednesday in Las Vegas, that on the very evening the Vegas Golden Knights unveiled their expansion roster, the next hockey legend quietly accepted his first Hart Trophy. He also led the National Hockey League in assists (70), points per game (1.22), even strength assists (45) and even strength points (71).

"Hockey is so not about personal stats at all", he said at Adidas' Las Vegas unveiling of new NHL jerseys on the eve of the awards show.

McDavid is only the 10 National Hockey League player to win the three awards during the same year and he becomes just the third to win the Hart Trophy prior to being 21 years old.

He also snagged the Art Ross Trophy (NHL's leading scorer for the season) which has only been won by two people younger than him (Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky). The 2017 NHL MVP has been selected to grace the cover of the EA Sports NHL 18 video game.

Pittsburgh centre Sidney Crosby and Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky were the other finalists for the award.

McDavid put up 100 points in 82 games this season for the Oilers, as Edmonton made the postseason for the first time since 2006. The Arizona-raised center didn't miss a game while propelling Toronto back into the Stanley Cup playoffs for just the second time since 2004. "(The Golden Knights) will definitely grow the game". Players can either select the Golden Nights, or create their own 32nd team and conduct the draft.

National Hockey League teams announced their home openers Wednesday with the full, 1,271-game schedule for the 2017-18 season set to be released Thursday.

While Crosby didnt claim the Hart, the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion won the Richard Trophy as the NHLs top goal-scorer.

The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators open the season October 5 at Boston.

The back-to-back Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals open their season at Ottawa on October 5 and host the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener October 7. I've played EA Sports NHL every year since I was a kid.

Pavel Datsyuk has moved on, but both Anaheim's Ryan Kesler (5-to-7) and Boston's Patrice Bergeron (7-to-4) are worthy heirs. Unfortunately, "NHL 18" was a no-show at the event.

Bettman also says he doesn't believe anything is "amiss" with the Chicago Blackhawks and Marian Hossa, who won't play next season because of side effects to medication for a progressive skin disorder. This will be the first time the series has seen something like this since the Nashville Predators game into the league (the mode was offered in NHL '99).