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2003 NHL Awards

Congratulations to Shanny, Nick, and especially The Captain on your well deserved Awards.

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Steve Yzerman won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Yzerman said he was excited to win the Masterton. For all his accomplishments, he hasn't won many individual awards. Yzerman, 38, won an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada and a Stanley Cup with the Wings last season on a wrecked right knee. He had an osteotomy, a realignment procedure never before done on a professional athlete, and came back Feb. 24 against the Los Angeles Kings. "Usually I don't agree with what the media says, but I think they finally got one right here," Yzerman said with a smile. "I've played a long time and I've had a lot of ups and downs, and I'd like to think it isn't just because I had knee surgery and came back and played this year. I've had several -- whether it's physical or other -- setbacks in playing the game."

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After finishing second for the Norris Trophy three years in a row, the Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom has won it three years in a row. No one has been named the NHL's best defenseman three straight years since Bobby Orr won eight straight Norrises in 1968-75. "I really don't compare myself to Bobby Orr," Lidstrom said. "He's someone that I would like to take a picture with. I don't think it's really sunk in yet that I've won three in a row."

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Brendan Shanahan won the King Clancy Trophy for leadership and humanitarianism. Shanahan said he felt "strange winning an award for something like this." The son of a firefighter, Shanahan started a program with the City of Detroit and Detroit Fire Department that assists low-income families with the purchase of smoke detectors. He also often visits and hosts terminally ill children and adults through his involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "They could have picked anybody for this award," Shanahan said. "They picked me."