2013-14 Flyers Team Awards
Before Sunday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flyers handed out their annual team awards.
The following is the list of awards and the winners for the 2013-14 season.
Gene Hart Memorial Award
A lot of pressure was put on Steve Mason heading into this season and he handled it well. Mason established himself as the Flyers starting goalie, and his play in net won the Flyers many games. His team plays better around him knowing he has their back. In 61 games, Mason went 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage to go with four shutouts.
Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award
Jakub Voracek earned the award, which is presented annually to the Flyer who best illustrates character, dignity and respect for the sport both on and off the ice. Voracek has turned into a star on the team, and a well-liked player among the fans, media and his peers.
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Award (Most Improved Player)
The Flyers had a couple of options for this award. Sean Couturier had by far his best season of his young career, but the Flyers went in a different direction, choosing Michael Raffl. Raffl made his North American debut this season and got better and better as the season went on. He's a versatile player that can play on all four lines, and his forechecking and defense are very fine-tuned, making him a valuable piece to the Flyers no matter where he plays. He was signed to a two-year extension because of his play.
Barry Ashbee Award (Best Defenseman)
The Flyers defense has played well most of the season, especially in the months leading into the postseason. Kimmo Timonen stood tallest among the blueliners with his play, which drastically improved as the season went on. Timonen had five goals and 28 assists, second on the team to Mark Streit.
The Toyota Cup goes to the player who earned the most points by appearing in the post-game three stars. Winning it for the second straight season was Flyers captain Claude Giroux.
Bobby Clarke Trophy (Team MVP)
Claude Giroux's season was nothing short of spectacular. The Flyers' success has reflected on Giroux's play. They are 21-2-1 when Giroux scores a goal. He has 28 goals on the season to go with 57 assists. His 85 points are third in the NHL. His play has also put him in the Hart Memorial Trophy discussion.