This isn't the first trip to this desert oasis for Corey Perry, but it certainly is the most meaningful venture he has made out to the world's adult playground. On the eve of what could be a memorable night for the Ducks winger and his family, Perry considered the possibility of hearing his name announced when the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player is awarded Wednesday night. "I think it's starting to hit home right now," Perry, 26, said Tuesday as he met the media at the Palms Hotel. "It's starting to kind of sink in. Tomorrow night, it's really going to hit home when I'm sitting in my chair." The proud Canadian from southern Ontario with the mean streak on the ice and the low-key demeanor off will find out if he takes home the league's most prestigious individual award at the NHL's awards ceremony. Perry's competition is Vancouver winger Daniel Sedin and Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis. Sedin looks to join his twin brother, Henrik, as a back-to-back Hart winner while St. Louis is looking to add a bookend to his 2004 trophy. But Perry is looking to become the Ducks' first Hart winner. The franchise has had two other finalists — Paul Kariya in 1997 and Teemu Selanne in 1998. "We all have a great chance," he said. "Everybody's done something different here." Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn. vote for the award annually at the close of the regular season, and Perry and Sedin appear to be the front-runners. Sedin paced the NHL with a career-best 102 points, including 41 goals. Perry scored 50 goals to win the Rocket Richard Trophy as the only player to reach that total, the highlight of his breakout 98-point season. St. Louis finished second in scoring with 99 points.
Perry soaking in atmosphere surrounding NHL awards ceremony
Orange County Register | Jun 22