The Toronto Star had a creative little piece today mixing the blue and white with the glitter of Hollywood. Enjoy Leafsnation!
BEST AMERICAN HUSTLE
Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.
Nazem Kadri can’t seem to keep his feet. He is falling all over the ice, and this is not because he is getting hooked all the time. He appears to be trying to draw penalties. No other nominations in this category.
THE WOLF OF BAY STREET
Phil Kessel, who signed an eight-year $64 million contract at the beginning of the season. Also nominated is defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who gave him a run for his money months later by signing a seven-year, $49 million contract. A third nomination goes to David Clarkson for his off-season $36.75 million, seven-year deal.
BEST LINE IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Randy Carlyle is the leading nominee for calling his team “brain dead” after an embarrassing 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues in early December. The line was so good and so heart-felt, it lingered for days.
MOST STRUGGLING ACTOR IN A HOCKEY SERIES
Nazem Kadri. Also nominated are Mason Raymond, David Clarkson and Nikolai Kulemin.
MOST UNDER-RATED ACTOR IN A HOCKEY SERIES
Checking centre Jay McClement. Also nominated is Tyler Bozak, who now looks like the No. 1 centre.
BEST FACIAL EXPRESSION IN A HOCKEY SERIES
BEST NEWCOMER IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Defenceman Morgan Rielly. Also nominated is goalie Jonathan Bernier.
BEST PLAYER IN A MYSTERY SERIES
David Clarkson, who has disappeared for much of the season. Also nominated is Nikolai Kulemin, although he might have taken himself out of the running with a gorgeous goal against the Sabres on Wednesday night.
BEST PRODUCTION IN A DRAMATIC ROLE
Phil Kessel is the point producer on the Leafs and the key to whatever success the Leafs have offensively. Also nominated is James van Riemsdyk, who is second in team scoring.
BEST ROLE IN A COMEDY
MOST INTRIGUING ROLE IN A TRAVEL SERIES
David Clarkson, who dispenses with the upscale transportation preferred by his other teammates, and takes the subway to home games at the Air Canada Centre while getting squeezed between overweight passengers. No other nominees.
BEST DRESSED IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Joffrey Lupul is an unabashed clothes horse. He is so into fashion that he looks forward to playing in New York so he can spend the off-hours shopping for clothes in the fashion district. Also nominated is Dion Phaneuf.
BEST USE OF PROPS IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Phil Kessel for his interesting and innovative use of his hockey stick as an axe in taking the lumber to Buffalo’s John Scott in the pre-season. No other nominees.
BEST PLAYER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
James Reimer. Also nominated is Peter Holland.
BEST LOOKS IN A DRAMATIC ROLE
David Clarkson. Also nominated are Joffrey Lupul and Troy Bodie.
SCARIEST SCENE IN A HOCKEY MOVIE
Seeing David Bolland on the ice this week hobbling around while trying to test the new boot on his injured ankle.
BIGGEST HIT IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Defenceman Cody Franson has been the most physical of the Leafs with a team-leading 176 hits on the season. Also nominated are Dion Phaneuf with 128 hits and Carl Gunnarsson with 106.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This nomination goes to Phil Kessel, who is No. 1 among active Leafs on the career franchise scoring list. He is No. 33 on the list with 299 points. Also nominated is Nikolai Kulemin, who is next at No. 70 with 187 points.
BEST WARDROBE CHANGE IN A HOCKEY SERIES
John Michael-Liles suited up for the New Year’s Day Winter Classic and then was told just prior to puck drop that he had been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. He was on the next plane and putting on new colours.