Friday, May 4, 2012

Nedvěd is Extraliga MVP, Hertl top rookie

Petr Polák and Derek O'Brien

Forty-year-old forward Petr Nedvěd took home two awards from Tuesday's gala in Prague, making him the second-oldest to win the Player-of-the-Year award in the Czech Republic.

Only one player older than the Liberec forward has ever won the award. In 2010, Pardubice goaltender Dominik Hašek did it when he was 45. In addition to the MVP, Nedvěd was officially recognized as the league's leading scorer of the regular season for his 61 points in 49 games.

"It's a kind of satisfaction to me," said Nedvěd, currently preparing with the Team Czech Republic for his first World Championship.

In addition to Nedvěd, another notable winner was Slavia Praha's Tomáš Hertl, who won the league's rookie of the year award. The 18-year-old, who led all junior-aged players in the Extraliga with 25 points in 38 games, is projected to be a first-round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.

Below is a full list of winners at Tuesday's gala:

Player of the YearPetr NedvědLiberec
Václav Pecina AwardPetr KoukalPardubice
Top Goal ScorerPetr Kumstát (27)Karlovy Vary
Top Point ScorerPetr Nedvěd (61)Liberec
Rookie of the YearTomáš HertlSlavia Praha
Best GoaltenderJiří TrvajKometa Brno
Best DefencemanJan KolářPardubice
Most Gentlemanly PlayerViktor UjčíkVítkovice
Golden Helmet ** Jiří BurgerVítkovice
BPA Award ***Tomáš PöpperleSparta Praha
Coach of the YearZdeněk VeneraKometa Brno
Best RefereeVladimír Šindler
Extraliga Champions-Pardubice
President's Trophy-Sparta Praha
1. Liga champion-Chomutov

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