Thursday, April 28, 2005

Czech it out: Kaberle named MVP

Fresh from Jes Golbez, the master of all things Czech hockey: Tomas Kaberle was named MVP of the Czech Extraleague. Here's a list of the leading scorers in the league this year (Kaberle finished tied for 14th overall with 39 points — and people say the NHL is low-scoring).

I find Kaberle's win interesting for two reasons: [a] he was coming off a tough year with the Leafs and is not known as one of the NHL's elite defensemen, and [b] since when do defensemen win league MVP honours? Chris Pronger is the last NHLer to win the Hart Trophy, which he did in 2000, but prior to that a defenseman hadn't won the league's highest honour since Bobby Orr capped a run of three straight in 1972. One winner in 32 years? Surely more defensemen have been worthy candidates.



At 10:56 a.m., April 28, 2005, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Well, they only play 52 games...give em a break :)

Scoring in the Czech league is certainly down from previous's like this in every league in the world. Even with all of the world class NHL talent in the Extraleague, only Jaromir Jagr and Jan Caloun (Both played just partial seasons) put up really big numbers (PPG).

As for defensemen and MVP awards...maybe it's the unofficial 'Forwards should win MVP', 'Defensemen should win Norris', 'Goalies should win Vezina' mindset in some voters? It also helps that Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky were so dominant over a long stretch.

At 3:02 p.m., April 28, 2005, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

Nice to see Jan Caloun pick up 26 goals and 13 assists in 24 games for Litvinov.

Didnt he score two goals in his first game for San Jose a long time ago? If I remember right, he scored in his second game as well.

I thought he would play in Finland again this season.

At 12:42 p.m., December 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa tomas kabele kicks butt! i thinks its awesome that a defensemen won the award. Go TOmas GO!

At 12:52 p.m., December 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Tomas Kaberle is an awesome defrnsemen. That award is well deserved. He is a talented player that playes with stamina, heart, and never gives up. Is there an award for the best looking player? I think that he would win it!


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