Martin Fehervary received a big honor in his home country on Tuesday.
The Capitals defenseman was named the top rearguard of Slovakia during the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation’s annual awards show.
In his second full NHL season, Fehervary scored six goals and had 16 points in 67 games.
Fehervary received the Róbert Švehla Award for best defenseman, as voted on by the federation’s executive committee and managers, Slovak club representatives, and journalists. Though it was his first time winning the award, Fehervary previously won the Pavel Demitra award for best under-20 Slovakian player twice. Fellow NHL player Tomas Tatar–last with the New Jersey Devils–was named hockey player of the year, while Marian Hossa was inducted into Slovakia’s Hockey Hall of Fame.
Tomas Tatar won 1st time in a career award for best Slovak hockey player. https://t.co/r2yzfr1Kvu
— Tomáš Prokop (@Lewysko) August 9, 2023
Capitals legend Peter Bondra saluted Fehervary on X (formerly known as Twitter), sending his congratulations and calling the honor “well earned.” Bondra was inducted into the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame at last year’s ceremony.
— Peter Bondra (@PeterBondra12) August 9, 2023
Fehervary was a regular in the Capitals’ top-four this season, though a back injury somewhat hindered his season. He re-signed with Washington earlier this summer, inking a three-year contract worth $2.675 million per season.
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