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Kings 2010 Award Winners

Saturday, 04.10.2010 / 4:00 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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Kings 2010 Award Winners
Anze Kopitar was the Kings most valuable player and leading scorer for 2009-10.
The Los Angeles Kings organization gives out nine Annual Team Awards to their players every season. The awards are Most Valuable Player ("Bill Libby Memorial Award"), Best Newcomer ("Mark Bavis Memorial Award"), Outstanding Defenseman and Best Defensive Player as voted by the Kings Media; Most Inspirational Player ("Ace Bailey Memorial Award") and Unsung Hero, as voted by the Kings Players; Community Service Award, as selected by the Kings Care Foundation; and the Kings Most Popular Player award, which is selected by the Kings Booster Club.

An award is also given out to the team's leading scorer, which goes to the player who leads the club in points each year.

The 2009-10 awards is as follows (check out lakings.com/awardwinners for the history of each award):

AS VOTED BY THE MEDIA
Most Valuable Player
"Bill Libby Memorial Award”
Anze Kopitar
NOTES: The Bill Libby Memorial Award is named after former LA sportswriter Bill Libby, who passed away on June 16, 1984...It's the second time that Kopitar has won the award, also winning for the 2007-08 season...Marcel Dionne won the award a franchise-best eight times.

Best Newcomer
“Mark Bavis Memorial Award”
Ryan Smyth
NOTES: The first winner of the award was former Kings owner Bruce McNall, who is the only non-player to ever win the award. In 2002, the award was named after the late Mark Bavis, a first-year Kings scout who passed away tragically aboard United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan Airport on Sept. 11, 2001...four other current Kings have won the award (Alexander Frolov, Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty).

Outstanding Defenseman
Drew Doughty
NOTES: It's the second consecutive year that Doughty has won the award...Jack Johnson also has won the award in 2007-08...Rob Blake was named best defenseman eight times, the most in franchise history.

Defensive Player
Michal Handzus
NOTES: It's the second consecutive year that Handzus has won the award...Mattias Norstrom won the award a team high five times...the award was first given out in 1988-89 to Tom Laidlaw...no goaltender has ever won the award...the last three players to win the award (Derek Armstrong, Patrick O'Sullivan and Hanzus) were all forwards.

AS VOTED BY THE KINGS PLAYERS
Most Inspirational Player

“Ace Bailey Memorial Award”
Matt Greene
NOTES: The Ace Bailey Memorial Award is given out to the Kings Most Inspirational Player and is named after the late Garnet "Ace" Bailey, who spent seven years as the Kings director of pro scouting before passing tragically on Sept. 11, 2001, aboard United Airlines Flight 175 with fellow Kings scout Mark Bavis. The award was first given out following the 1972-73 season and was dedicated to Ace Bailey in 2002...Dave Taylor won the award a franchise-best five times...Two other current Kings have also won the award (Dustin Brown 2007-08 and Sean O'Donnell 2008-09)

Unsung Hero
Michal Handzus
NOTES: It's the second straight season that Michal Handzus won the award...Norstrom won the award three straight years from 1997-2000.

AS SELECTED BY THE KINGS CARE FOUNDATION
Community Service
Dustin Brown
NOTES: It's the second straight year that Brown has won the award...Jim Fox was the inaugural winner in 1988-89, prior to joining the Kings front office where he worked as Director of Community Relations from 1990-94...read more about Brown's community work here...or click here see his KABOOM! Hit Tracker throughout the season as he donates $50 for every hit he accumulates to KABOOM! each season.

AS SELECTED BY THE KINGS BOOSTER CLUB
Most Popular Player
Dustin Brown
NOTES: It's the third straight year that Brown has won the award...no other Kings has every won the award that many times consecutively.

Leading Scorer
Anze Kopitar
NOTES: It's the third straight year that Kopitar has led the team in scoring, the first time one player has led the team in scoring three straight years since 1989-92 when Wayne Gretzky turned the trick....Marcel Dionne led the Kings in scoring nine times - including eight straight seasons from 1975-83...Gretzky and Luc Robitaille each lead the team in scoring six times.

To view the Kings’ all-time award winners, visit LAKings.com/awardwinners.