The Latest: Artemi Panarin wins Calder to open NHL Awards
LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):
Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the NHL's first award of the night, claiming the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.
The 24-year-old Russian forward beat out Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere and Edmonton's Connor McDavid, who finished third in the voting.
Panarin scored 77 points in 80 games during his debut season in North America, leading all rookies in goals (30) and assists (47).
Although Panarin played seven pro seasons back home before coming stateside, voters didn't object to his experience, awarding the trophy to a Chicago player for the first time since Patrick Kane won it in 2008.
McDavid was the No. 1 pick last summer. He scored 48 points in 45 games, his dynamite season shortened by two months thanks to a broken collarbone.
The NHL Awards show is underway in Las Vegas, where the city is still buzzing about getting an expansion franchise just a few hours ago. New owner Bill Foley will pay $500 million for a team that will play at T-Mobile Arena a couple of miles away.
Actor Will Arnett is hosting the league's annual attempt to merge hockey and entertainment, usually with mixed results.
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is widely expected to become the first American to win the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP. Most of the other awards aren't as clear-cut.