2014 Fans Choice Awards: The Results Are In (Part II)
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!
Yesterday, we released the winners of the Best Forward, Best Defenseman, Best Newcomer, Best Photoshop, Best Blackhawks TV feature, and Most Clutch Play by Patrick Kane votes.
Today, chicagoblackhawks.com brings you the winners of the Unsung Hero, Most Valuable Blackhawk, Save of the Year and Play of the Year votes.
Niklas Hjalmarsson was voted the Blackhawks' Unsung Hero in convincing fashion, earning 52 percent of the vote. Can't argue with giving the award to the defenseman who set career highs in every offensive category with 26 points (4G, 22A) in the regular season, paced the team with 2:49 of shorthanded ice time, and led the team with 157 blocked shots.
No stick? No problem. Corey Crawford's spectacular save sans stick on Lars Eller was voted the Save of the Year for good reason. Having lost his stick before the breakaway began, Crawford first stopped the puck with his blocker, then kicked his skates up to stop the rebound from Eller. Magical stuff all around.
The best players tend to come through at the biggest moments, and Jonathan Toews' Game 5 overtime game-winning goal at St. Louis on April 25 was further proof. With the First Round playoff series tied 2-2, Toews took advantage of a breakaway and sent the puck past Ryan Miller for the series lead. The Blackhawks went on to win their First Round series 4-2
With a commanding 40 percent of the vote, Jonathan Toews was selected the Most Valuable Blackhawk for the 2013-14 season. Toews recorded another consistently productive season, reaching the 60-point mark for the fourth time in his career (28G, 40A) and pacing the team with three four-point outings. The Captain kept the scoring touch in the playoffs, posting 17 points (9G, 8A) in 19 playoff games. The Blackhawks wouldn't be the same without him.