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The 2013 NHL Anti-Awards

Winning the Calder or Art Ross or the Vezina Trophy is the feather in the cap to a usually amazing season for an NHL player. These awards place the player alongside the greats of the game like Teemu Selanne, Wayne Gretzky and Martin Brodeur.

But how about the Bob Stewart Award or the Mike Peluso Award? In an effort to take a light-hearted look at the 2013 shortened NHL season we decided to create a series of anti-awards, which highlight some of the not so notable achievements from the season.

Here is our first annual NHL Anti-Awards. 

The Bob Stewart Award - this award goes to the player with the worst plus-minus for the season. Named after retired NHLer Bob Stewart who holds the record for the worst career plus-minus at -260.

The winners of the 2013 Bob Stewart Award are Brian Campbell and Erik Gudbranson of the Florida Panthers who each had a regular season plus-minus of -22. Digging a bit deeper into the seasons of each, Campbell played in all 48 games while Gudbranson appeared in only 32 games making his -22 appear that much worse. But these Florida defensemen share the honors of having the worst plus-minus this season.

Coming in last place for the Bob Stewart Award was Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins who had a league best +31 plus-minus rank.

The Shawn Thornton Award - this award goes to the forward with the worst shooting percentage (more than 100 shots) for the season. During the 2009 NHL season, Shawn Thornton had 119 shots on net and only one goal for a shooting percentage of 0.84% - the worst by a forward in the last 23 seasons. 

Due to the shortened season, we adjusted the criteria to 50 shots on goal. This years winner of the Shawn Thornton Award is B.J. Crombeen of the Tampa Bay Lightning who had 1 goal on 50 shots for a shooting percentage of 2.0%. Coming in second place was Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers who had 2 goals on 69 shots.

On the flipside, last place for the Shawn Thornton award and the forward with the highest shooting percentage (more than 50 shots) was Patrik Berglund of the St. Louis Blues who had 17 goals on 74 shots or a shooting percentage of 23.0%.

The Sergei Zubov Award - this is awarded to the player with the most giveaways during the season. The record for the most giveaways in a season is held by Sergei Zubov during the 2000-2001 NHL season with 145 giveaways and in second place, Sergei Zubov during the 2001-2002 NHL season with 142 - a total of 287 giveaways over two seasons.

This years winner of the Sergei Zubov Award is Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman and captain Dion Phaneuf who had a total of 53 giveaways. The forward with the most giveaways over the regular season was fellow Maple Leaf Phil Kessel with 45 giveaways.

For those wondering, with the most takeaways over the season were Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Toews - each with 56 takeaways.

The Tim Kennedy Award - this award goes to the player with the worst face-off percentage with at least 100 face-off wins. During the 2009 season, Tim Kennedy took 397 face-offs for the Sabres but only won 133 of them for a face-off percentage of 33.5%, which is the lowest since face-offs stats started being tracked in 2000.

The winner of the 2013 Tim Kennedy Award is Stephen Gionta of the New Jersey Devils who had a faceoff win percentage of 35.1% or 137 wins on 390 faceoffs. 

Coming in last place for the Tim Kennedy Award and the player with the best faceoff winning percentage (over 100 wins) is Patrice Bergeron with a winning percent of 61.9% on 860 faceoffs (532 wins).

The Mike Peluso Award - this is awarded to the player with the most penalty minutes during the season. Mike Peluso was the last player to get over 400 penalty minutes in a single season (408 - 1991-92 with the Blackhawks)

The winner of the Mike Peluso Award for the most penalty minutes in a season goes to Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs who racked up a total of 155 penalty minutes, which equates to an average of 3.5 penalty minutes per game.

Over an 82 game season this would equal to 288 minutes, still far short of Mike Peluso who had his 408 PIMs in just 63 games or 6.5 minutes per game.

The Luke Richardson Award - this is awarded to the player with the most time-on-ice without a goal. During the 2002-03 NHL Season, Luke Richardson was on the ice for a total of 1,928 minutes without scoring a singe goal.

This years recipient of the Luke Richardson Award is Winnipeg Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey who had a total of 1,074 minutes of ice-time without a single goal. Over the season, Hainsey directed a total of 52 shots on net. In fact, Hainsey hasn't scored a goal in the last two seasons even though he has compiled a total of 2,255 minutes of ice-time and 109 shots. 

If you're wondering which player this season had the a goal with the fewest amount of time on ice; Jason Akeson of the Philadelphia Flyers had 1 goal with just 12 minutes of total ice-time.

The Olaf Kolzig Award - this is awarded to the goaltender with the most power play goals against over the season. During the 2005-06 NHL season, Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig let in a total of 82 power play goals. 

The winner of this years Olaf Kolzig Award goes to Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres who let in a total of 32 power play goals over his 39 starts this season. 

Of goaltenders who started more than 20 games, rookie sensation Viktor Fasth let in the fewest power play goals with just 8 over 23 starts in net.

Note: an assist for this article goes out to the Hickory-High blog who puts out the NBA Anti-Awards.

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