The 2012 NHL Awards celebrate the season’s best performances in categories including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). The winner of the EA Sports NHL 13 Cover Athlete, presented by BlackBerry, will also be unveiled live. NBC Sports Group NHL analysts Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olczyk will be presenters.
American Music Award and Billboard Music Award winner Nickelback will headline the 2012 NHL Awards with two live performances, presented by Verizon, on the Encore Theatre stage at the Wynn. NHL Award nominees, NHL legends and celebrities such as actors Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"), Ray Liotta ("All Things Fall Apart," "Killing Them Softly," Goodfellas"), Adam Pally ("Happy Endings"), and professional dancer and TV personality Cheryl Burke ("Dancing with the Stars").
Burke, Liotta, Pally and Stonestreet join previously announced presenters actors Kevin Connolly ("Entourage"), Colin Hanks ("Dexter," "The Good Guys"), Joshua Jackson ("Fringe"), Cory Monteith ("Glee"), Matthew Perry ("Go On," "Friends"), Vince Vaughn ("The Watch," "Wedding Crashers," "The Break-Up") and Michael Vartan ("Hawthorne," "Alias"); Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo and PJ Stock; NHL Network's Barry Melrose and Kathryn Tappen; sports broadcaster Erin Andrews; and hockey legends Ted Lindsay and Mark Messier.
The broadcast also will feature special appearances by actors Will Arnett ("Up All Night," "Arrested Development") and Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock") and director/writer/actor Kevin Smith ("Red State," "Clerks").