The NHL’s team medical staffs are currently trying to decide how best to use the highly successful NHL Players’ Hospitality Award, which goes to the player who best shows up for games and is able to handle the physical demands of the game.
While the award’s first-place winner, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, was named the winner in February, the league is looking for a new winner this year.
“It is important that we don’t let that happen again,” said Commissioner Gary Bettman, who will announce the winner Monday.
The NHL Players Association is considering whether to use a more traditional medical award that recognizes players who are more than just a regular player.
But the players themselves say that’s not the right way to honor them.
“The NHLPA has not made any determination on the award, and the players have indicated they would not support that,” said David Andrews, president of the NHLPA.
“I don’t know that we’re ready to make that determination at this point, and it is important to us to be clear on that.”
The NHL Player’s Association has been considering the award for years, but has not gone along with the idea of it being given out every season.
That’s because it’s a big, complicated, long-term undertaking, and there’s no way to give it out every year, said Bill Daly, the NHL’s executive vice president of player welfare and player safety.
The idea of the award has been around for decades, but it’s been so controversial that the NHL Players Union and the NHLC stepped in to stop it.
The players have been saying for years that they would rather play hockey than be a member of the medical staff and receive a paycheck from the league.
That, of course, has been a big part of their protest.
The issue has been complicated by the fact that the players do not play on an NHL rink, so it’s not like they are getting paid for the games they are playing.
They have a job to do, so they are going to have to make a living.
But they have been trying to get the league to give the award since at least 2015, when the NHL made a big deal about the award being used to recognize players who have been on the ice during the playoffs.
Then, during a preseason game in November, the Flyers forward Mark Streit was awarded the award.
That same year, the Ducks forward Justin Schultz was awarded with the award and, last month, the Kings forward Matt Nieto was awarded.
The awards are the most popular award in the NHL and have been used by NHL teams for decades.
Last year, when Letang was honored, he was the first player since 1980 to win the award three times.
Bettman said that would be the case again this year and that he hopes to give Letang the award after the regular season ends in January.
“I think we can be very confident that Kris will be able to compete for the award in January,” Bettman told reporters at the NHL Annual Meeting in Nashville on Monday.
“We hope that he’ll do that.
I think Kris has a tremendous amount of respect for the profession.
He will play in the playoffs.”
The goal of the awards is to recognize the impact that a player has on his team and, if he’s healthy, on the organization.
In addition, the awards are meant to give players who make the team an opportunity to earn a salary.
The goal is to have a good impact on the game of hockey, said Andrews, the executive vice commissioner.
The awards are usually given out after the first round of the playoffs, but they have also been given out in the last two years.
Letang won the award twice and Schultz twice.
Letz had been awarded three awards in 2013 and 2014.
Schultz was named to the award as well.
The winner will be announced Monday.