Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan-Nugent Hopkins can handle the suspense as he sits in the Encore Theater at the Wynn Resort Hotel on Wednesday, unsure whether he'll hear his name called for the Calder Trophy. That wasn't the case the last time an Oilers rookie was up for the award 18 years ago. Jason Arnott knew he'd lost to Martin Brodeur even before the awards show in one of the most embarrassing moments in NHL history when the Quatre Saisons TV network somehow got the results for not just the Calder, but also the Hart (MVP) Norris (defenceman), Selke (top defensive forward) and Lady Byng (most gentlemanly player) awards. "It was like somebody throws you a surprise birthday party when you turn 50 and somebody tells you ahead of time. A heart-breaker, not the way I wanted to find out," said Arnott, who had 33 goals and 68 points in 1993-94 after making the Oilers as an 18-year-old, same as Nugent-Hopkins. "Realistically, I didn't think I'd win anyway, but you always hope, like everybody does."
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