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Victor Hedman a Deserving Conn Smythe Winner

Tampa Bay Lighting defenceman Victor Hedman was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner following Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup victory.

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The voting was close. Hedman (9-8-1) edged Brayden Point (8-8-2) by just four points, but Tampa Bay Lighting defenceman Victor Hedman was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner following the Lightning’s Stanley Cup win in Game 6 on Monday night. There were so many good choices for the Lightning, but it’s hard to argue with this one. In short, Hedman was a force the Dallas Stars simply couldn’t stop.

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A dominant tournament performance, it was a much-deserved honor for a player who logged incredible ice time, produced when it counted and lead the team when the official captain couldn’t be with the team. The official captain came out on the ice in full gear to share in the celebration and the two players shared an emotional moment. When Steven Stamkos was asked what he told Hedman during the on-ice celebration: “I think I told him I loved him 100 times.”

In 24 playoff games, Hedman scored 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points. His goals placed him third among defenceman in NHL history and his point total tied him for third-most in a single post-season among active blueliners.

The Lightning Have Hedman For Some Time

The good news for the Lightning is that Hedman isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. He signed his 8-year extension on July 1, 2016, two days after Stamkos decided to stick with the team. Both he and Stamkos are in it for the long-haul and while the team itself might be forced to make changes this offseason thanks to a flat cap, Hedman will remain part of this group for some time.

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