Michigan - The REAL State Of Hockey?

Tonight was the 2011 NHL Awards live from the Palms casino in Las Vegas and though there were some surprising winners (and some not surprising at all winners like Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner winning the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year) Michigan cleaned up pretty well.

Pitsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Blysma a native of Grand Haven, Michigan won the Jack Adams Award for the coach of the year.

Vancouver’s own Livonia-native-Ryan Kesler took home the Selke for best two-way forward.

Doug Weight may have just retired from the NHL after finish this season out with the New York Islanders; but the Warren native took home the King Clancy Memorial Trophy tonight. The King Clancy is awarded to the player that best exemplifies leadership both on and off the ice and has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.

Flint native Tim Thomas added the Vezina Trophy for goalie of the year to go along side his Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy.

And of course Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit (via Sweden) brought back a 7th Norris trophy for the leagues best defenseman.

All-in-all Michigan did well tonight in Vegas.

Tags: Dan Bylsma Detroit Red Wings Doug Weight Jeff Skinner NHL Awards Nicklas Lidstrom Norris Nick Ryan Kesler Tim Thomas