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Flyers Team Awards: Voracek Takes Home MVP, Most Improved

PHILADELPHIA: Before Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders, the Flyers handed out their annual team awards.

The following is the list of awards and the winners for the 2013 season.

Bobby Clarke Trophy (Most Valuable Player)

It was a tight race all season between captain Claude Giroux and up-and-coming winger Jakub Voracek, who spent nearly the entire season on the top line together. Giroux, the reigning Clarke Trophy Winner, stepped aside this season as Voracek took home the honors.

Voracek led the Flyers in scoring for most of the season with 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists). He leads the team in goals with 21, which eclipsed his career high of 18 he potted last season in 78 games played. 


Barry Ashbee Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman)

There was no doubt in anyone's mind that Kimmo Timonen was going to take home this award once again. Timonen led all Flyers defensemen with 29 points (5 goals, 24 assists) and played all but the final three games of the season. Not many more words can be said on how important Timonen was to the Flyers blue line. He signed a one-year extension for $6 million to play in the 2013-14 season.

Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy (Most Improved Player)

Jakub Voracek took this award home as well for the above reasons stated. If I was doing the picking, I probably would have gone with Luke Schenn for a different reason.
Possibly the most watched player during the 2013 season was Schenn. Schenn was acquired for James van Riemsdyk, a player the Flyers and the fan base viewed as a future elite scorer in the NHL. When van Riemsdyk had his hot start, fans got down on general manager Paul Holmgren for making the trade.
Schenn really grew into his own during the season though. Being paired with Kimmo Timonen at the start, Schenn learned to control his physical play rather than go for the big hit every time he was out on the ice. He still racked up 173 hits, which leads NHL defensemen. He also blocked 99 shots heading into Thursday's game which is in the top 20 in the NHL.

Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award

To no surprise, Scott Hartnell is viewed as one of the classiest guys on the Flyers and in the NHL. Hartnell is a hard worker, incredibly active within the Philadelphia community and has always made himself available as the voice in the locker room to the media and his players.

Gene Hart Memorial Award

If there was to pick one player who displayed the most heart on the Flyers, it would be safe to say Zac Rinaldo displayed that passion. Rinaldo really stepped up his game this season, proving to be more than just a fourth-line enforcer. Serving as the team's top pest, Rinaldo got under the skin of opposing teams, dishing out teeth-rattling hits and just playing the game the hard way. He drew minors, forechecked top lines and rattled star players. Rinaldo displayed a lot of heart this season and that's why he won this award.

Toyota Cup

The Toyota Cup goes to the player who earned the most points by appearing in the post-game three stars. Claude Giroux once again lead the Flyers in that honors and rightfully so. Heading into Thursday, Giroux lead the team in points with 47 as well as assists with 34 (fourth in the NHL).