On June 19, the 2019 NHL Awards will be held in Las Vegas and be hosted by SNL’s Kenan Thompson.
On Monday afternoon, the NHL announced that one of the headline presenters for the evening will be longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. Trebek, who was born in Canada and is a very big hockey fan, will be helping hand out one of the top awards for the evening (though the specific award is currently unknown).
The event marks one of Trebek’s first public appearances since announcing back in early March that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek recently gave an update that he had been responding well to treatment and is in “near remission” according to his doctors, saying “some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent”
Longtime St. Louis Blues fan actor Jon Hamm will also be presenting at the awards that night as part of the continuing celebration of the Blues’ Stanley Cup Championship. Hamm recently chugged Bud Light out of the Stanley Cup during a party with Blues players at Anheuser-Busch.
More information, including a full list of presenters, via the NHL:
Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and actor Jon Hamm will join Emmy Award-winning actor and host Kenan Thompson for the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone, a celebration of the League’s best regular-season performances, on Wednesday, June 19.
The show will broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on NBCSN and Sportsnet in the U.S. and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Tickets to the event are available for purchase at NHL.com/Awards.
Trebek, a longtime hockey fan, will make one of his first public appearances since announcing his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. The Canadian-born television icon will present one of the night’s top honors.
Hamm, a native of St. Louis and longtime Blues fan, will introduce members of his hometown team, including 2019 NHL Awards honorees and 2019 Stanley Cup Champions general manager Doug Armstrong, interim head coach Craig Berube, goalie Jordan Binnington and center Ryan O’Reilly.
Actor Taylor Kinney also will present at the event. Hamm, Trebek and Kinney join previously announced presenters Hockey Hall of Famers Willie O’Ree and Mark Messier; NHL star P.K. Subban; broadcasters Jackie Redmond, Kathryn Tappen and Elliotte Friedman; actors Jay Baruchel (“How to Train A Dragon: The Hidden World”), Jay Harrington (“S.W.A.T.”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”), Kel Mitchell (“All That”) and Nico Tortorella (“Younger”); “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer; Miss USA Cheslie Kryst; model Camille Kostek; Miss Universe Catriona Gray; and race car drivers Kurt Busch and Simon Pagenaud.
Trevor Gretzky, Alexa Lemieux, Lynn LaPaugh and Jesse Robitaille, family members of NHL legends Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, the late Ted Lindsay and Luc Robitaille, respectively, and special assistant to the executive director with the National Hockey League Players’ Association Mathieu Schneider, also will present.
Award finalists and winners of the NHL’s regular-season statistic-based awards who are expected to attend include Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes; Patrice Bergeron and Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins; Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres; Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames; Don Waddell and Justin Williams of the Carolina Hurricanes; Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks; Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets; Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars; Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers; Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers; Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild; Thomas Greiss, Robin Lehner and Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders; Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins; Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks; Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks; Jon Cooper, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning; Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks; and Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award finalists Anthony Benavides, Tammi Lynch and Rico Phillips also will be in attendance.
THE JACKS, a Southern California four-piece rock ’n’ roll band, will perform for the audience throughout the show.
The 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone will honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy); the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.
NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social™ will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone as well as the red carpet arrivals. Fans can follow the festivities across the NHL’s social media channels via the official hashtag #NHLAwards.
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