EDMONTON — Since 1967, the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) has been counted on to vote independently on six major NHL Awards, as well as end-of-season All-Star and All-Rookie teams.
For the third consecutive year, the PHWA has revealed the ballot of each individual voter in the interest of full transparency.
“As hockey writers, we are tasked with holding teams, players and the league itself accountable, so it is only fair that the hockey world can hold us to the same account when it comes to determining the winners of these prestigious honors,” said PHWA president Frank Seravalli. “This is a task that our members take incredibly seriously, spending hours in the rinks, researching and soliciting sources to ensure that we get it right.”
Ballots were distributed to 153 of the PHWA’s 300-plus members, plus an invited panel of 18 international broadcasters, for a total voting bloc of 171.
Ballots were distributed to 174 voters and 171 were returned. Three voters failed to submit a ballot: A.J. Mleczko (NBC), Chris Ryan (NJ Advance Media), and Craig Simpson (Sportsnet).
One voter, Marc de Foy (Journal de Montréal), omitted votes for the Selke Trophy, nullifying his votes for all trophies.
Two voters, Stu Cowan (Montréal Gazette) and Aaron Portzline (The Athletic), did not submit any selections for All-Star Goaltender, nullifying their votes for all positions on the All-Star teams.
Additionally, one voter, John Wawrow (Associated Press), listed a defenseman (Adam Fox, NYR) among his selections for forward on the All-Rookie Team, nullifying his ballot for the All-Rookie Team.
Each individual vote can be viewed at the links below:
The PHWA wishes to congratulate all 2020 NHL Award winners and finalists on their well-deserved honors.