2014 Fans Choice Awards: The Results Are In (Part I)
Thousands of votes were tabulated and the winners have been selected. Without further ado, here are the winners in the Blackhawks' 2014 Fans Choice Awards, celebrating the greatest moments and top players of the 2013-14 season!
Tomorrow, we'll release the winners of the Unsung Hero, Save of the Year, Play of the Year and Most Valuable Blackhawk votes. Stay tuned!
It comes as little surprise that the fans selected Patrick Kane as the season's best forward. After reaching the 60-point plateau for the sixth time in his seven NHL seasons, Kane paced the team with 20 points and shared the team lead with 12 assists in the 2014 playoffs.
Jonathan Toews treated 4-year-old Nicholas Skretkowski to a private practice before the Stadium Series game at Soldier Field. Fans voted the video the best of this year's Blackahwks TV productions.
In the 2013-14 campaign, Duncan Keith led Blackhawks blueliners and ranked second among NHL defensemen with 61 points (6G, 55A) in the regular season. Also being added to his resume was reaching the 40-assist mark in just 46 games, the fastest that a defenseman has reached that mark in franchise history. Not too shabby.
Fans thought Marian Hossa as Galdalf the White reigned supreme when it came to clever Photoshop projects this season. Hossa is no stranger to playing the hero, scoring four game-winning goals this season. And honestly, at times it seems like the combination of strength, power and hockey sense that Hossa showcases every game can be explained only by sorcery.
After setting career highs in all offensive categories, Ben Smith was voted as the Blackhawks' Best Newcomer by the fans. The American recorded 26 points (14G, 12A) in 75 regular-season games with Chicago and led the team in road faceoff win percentage in the postseason. No doubt a couple of timely playoff goals didn't hurt his campaign for Best Newcomer, either.
Patrick Kane had several game-deciding plays this season, but fans selected his unbelievable go-ahead goal in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final his most clutch play of the year.