Shayne Gostisbehere Named Finalists for Calder Trophy
Two days after the end of the season, the wound was too fresh for Shayne Gostisbehere to reflect on his first year in the NHL. Personal accolades never interested him much as he climbed the statistics board among rookies.
He’d have preferred for the Flyers to still be in the playoffs instead of sitting at a folding table in a Phillies cap taking questions on whether he might win the Calder Trophy as the player “most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”
“It would be a tremendous honor to be associated with the award,” Gostisbehere said last week at the Flyers’ breakdown day. “It would be very nice. Can't do it without my teammates. They really helped me along the way.”
Gostisbehere, the 23-year-old defenseman from South Florida, was named a finalist for the award Monday along with Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin and Edmonton Oilers No. 1 pick Connor McDavid.
The winner will be named June 22 in Las Vegas at the NHL Awards. No Flyer has ever won the Calder since the award was instituted in 1937.