|Anaheim Ducks Right Wing Corey Perry Wins Hart Memorial Trophy|
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry has won the 2010-11 Hart Memorial Trophy as “the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” during the 2011 NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Perry is the first player from a Southern California team to win the Hart Trophy since Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky earned the honor with Los Angeles in 1989. Perry is also just the third player from a California team to win the Hart, joining Gretzky and San Jose’s Joe Thornton (2006).
“Congratulations to Corey Perry on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “This is a historic day for the Perry family and the entire Anaheim Ducks organization. Corey deserves this terrific honor following a season that defines what the Hart Trophy is all about.”
Perry, 26 (5/16/85), scored 50-48=98 points with a +9 rating and 104 PIM in 82 games for the Ducks last season, setting career highs in goals, points and shorthanded goals (4). Perry led the NHL in goal scoring with 50, winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer today at the NHL Awards Show. He co-led the NHL with 11 game-winning goals while also leading in third-period tallies (21) and road goals (28). He finished the season ranked third among NHL leaders in scoring and tied for fifth in power play goals (14) and shorthanded goals.
Perry’s 50 goals were the most by a Ducks player since Teemu Selanne scored 52 during the 1997-98 season. Perry became the third player in franchise history to reach the 50-goal mark and the first in the Western Conference to score 50-or-more since Calgary’s Jarome Iginla in 2007-08 (50). Perry established numerous franchise records in 2010-11, including game-winning goals, third-period goals, and shorthanded goals. In addition, his 98 points were the most by a Duck since 1997-98 when Selanne scored 47-60=107.
A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Perry was named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March after becoming just the fifth NHL player since January 1997 to score 15 goals in a single month. Perry also co-led the NHL in scoring (21 points) and led in game-winning goals (4) in the season’s final full month. His 15 goals accounted for the highest goal-scoring month by a Ducks player in club history. Perry also received NHL “Star of the Week” honors on four occasions in 2010-11, including First Star of the Week on Apr. 4