It is no secret that Corey Perry has often let his emotions get in the way throughout his hockey career and that might never change.

But as he tried to give a short thank-you speech upon winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player Wednesday night, Perry couldn't keep from getting choked up as the words came out.

It was a heartfelt moment for a player who isn't afraid to rub someone the wrong way on the ice.

"I'm an emotional person," Perry said at the league's awards ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort. "It's like going back when we won the Stanley Cup. I cried after that. That's just the person I am."

Perry became the first player in the 17-year history of the Ducks to be selected as league MVP, edging runner-up Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks as both outdistanced third finalist Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In voting conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association after the regular season, Perry won by a 1,043-960 count and was first on 67 ballots while Sedin was the choice on 51. Sedin had 56 second-place votes while Perry had 47.

Many voters were likely swayed by Perry's furious finish to the season that also earned him his first Rocket Richard Trophy with a league-best 50 goals as he pushed the Ducks into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It was something that wasn't lost on Sedin, who got a nice consolation prize with the Ted Lindsay Award as the top player selected by his peers.