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Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere won the NHL’s Masterton Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey following a likely career-ending injury in 2010.

Laperriere, who topped fellow finalists Calgary’s Daymond Langkow and Anaheim’s Ray Emery, blocked a shot with his face during last year’s playoffs, suffering a concussion and fractured orbital bone. He has said he wants to play again, but doctors don’t believe he should.

Emery went through bone-graft surgery last April. More than a year after a puck hit his spine and fractured a vertebra, Langkow returned to play on April 1.

Vancouver goalies Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider were honored for combining on the club that allowed the fewest goals.

New York Islanders center Doug Weight, who recently retired to join the team’s front office and coaching staff, won the King Clancy Trophy for leadership and humanitarian efforts.

Before the show, hundreds of fans lined up inside and outside the Palms Casino Resort to catch glimpses of their favorite hockey players walking the red carpet.

“You’re a riot,” movie director Kevin Smith told “How I Met Your Mother” actress and Vancouver-native Cobie Smulders before they gave Lidstrom his award, poking fun at the Canadian city’s reaction to the Canucks‘ Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup finals.

Comedian Jay Mohr also poked fun at the city, calling the riots the “elephant in the room” at the start of the show.

“What an un-Canadian way to behave,” Mohr said.


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