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.
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