Flyers hand out team awards; Giroux wins MVP

Flyers hand out team awards; Giroux wins MVP
April 13, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Claude Giroux won his third Bobby Clarke Trophy on Sunday. The award is given to the Flyers' most valuable player. (USA Today Images)

No surprise among the Flyers' individual award winners for this season.

Team captain Claude Giroux, who is certain to be among the top five for the NHL’s Hart Trophy as league MVP, won his third Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers’ season MVP.

Giroux, who played every game, was third in the league in scoring with 85 points entering Sunday and will finish as the Flyers' top scorer for the fourth consecutive season. The Flyers came into the game 33-15-3 when he scored at least a point and 21-2-1 when he scored a goal.

Kimmo Timonen won his fifth Barry Ashbee Trophy as the club’s top defenseman. The only other Flyer to win this award that many times was Eric Desjardins.

Timonen averaged 20:20 ice time and seemed invigorated by his selection to Team Finland at the Sochi Olympic Games. It was reflected in his play this season. Finland won the bronze medal while Timonen finished healthy and strong this season.

Michael Raffl won the Pelle Lindbergh Trophy, as voted by his teammates. That goes to the most improved player.

This was the Austrian forward’s first season playing on North American ice and Raffl has shown the versatility to be played anywhere in the lineup. He finished the season with 22 points after sitting out the regular season finale.

Winger Jakub Voracek won the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award, given by the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hock Writers Association (PHWA).

This award is presented annually to the Flyer who best illustrates character, dignity and respect for the sport both on and off the ice.

Voracek enters today’s game in second place on the team in scoring with 23 goals and 38 assists for 61 points.

Goalie Steve Mason won the Gene Hart Memorial Award, given by the fan club to the player who demonstrated the most “heart” during the season.

The award honors the memory of longtime Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart.

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