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…it’s also about the money. Not just the money players will ultimately get on their next contract or their next endorsement deal thanks to being named the best so-and-so muckety-muck. Nope, the Hart, the Vezina, the Norris — they also come with a cheque from the league for players on entry-level deals (clubs have the option of paying out more … or less on subsequent deals). Here’s what it pays to be really good at the game of ice hockey:

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2-awardsMy favourite part of that list is how even the NHL considers the Lady Byng a second class trophy.

And then there might be the most important individual award of all…

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