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Thomas in line for another prize at NHL annual awards

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas hoists the Stanley Cup during the Bruins' NHL victory parade through the streets of Boston
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas hoists the Stanley Cup during the Bruins' NHL victory parade through the streets of Boston

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas could pick up his second major honor in a week when the National Hockey League's annual awards are announced in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Thomas, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup playoffs, is one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender.

He is up against Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, the team Boston beat 4-3 in the Stanley Cup final.

Daniel Sedin, also of the Canucks, is among the three nominees for the major prize, the Hart Memorial Trophy for the league's MVP. He is up against Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Martin St. Louis of Tampa Bay Lightning.

Awards will also be presented to the top defenseman, top rookie and coach of the year, as well as other categories.

List of finalists:

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player)

Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

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VEZINA TROPHY (top goaltender)

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

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JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (top defenseman)

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

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CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (top rookie)

Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

Michael Grabner, New York Islanders

Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes

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JACK ADAMS AWARD (coach of the year)

Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins

Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators

Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks

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GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks

David Poile, Nashville Predators

Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning

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FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (top defensive forward)

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

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BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY (perseverance)

Ray Emery, Anaheim Ducks

Daymond Langkow, Calgary Flames

Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia Flyers

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LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (skill/sportsmanship)

Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

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NHL FOUNDATION PLAYER AWARD (charitable work)

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

Mike Green, Washington Capitals

Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

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(Writing by Julian Linden in New York; Editing by Rex Gowar)

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