Fans Can Vote Across 20 Entertaining Social Media Categories

New York, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As a result of the overwhelming success of last year’s first-ever NHL Fan Choice Awards™, the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that voting is open for the 2019 NHL Fan Choice Awards™, which has expanded from ten categories to 20 this year. The NHL Fan Choice Awards™ gives fans the opportunity to engage with and vote on the best photos, videos and GIFs shared by teams and players during the 2018-19 NHL season on social media. More than 65 NHL players, all 31 NHL teams, and the newest expansion NHL Seattle franchise, are featured in videos and graphics across the 20 categories.

“We’re thrilled to give our fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite posts across NHL social media during the 2018-19 NHL regular season,” said Heidi Browning, NHL EVP & Chief Marketing Officer. “The 2019 Fan Choice Awards celebrate our players personalities and provide an inside look at their lives, both on and off the ice. Hockey fans are passionate about their favorite teams and players and the Fan Choice Awards allows us to engage them in new and exciting ways.”

Fans can vote across all 20 categories through Saturday, June 15, at and share their selections across their social platforms with the official hashtag #NHLFanChoice. Fans can also go to to watch a teaser video of the 2019 NHL Fan Choice Awards.

The winners of the 20 categories will be announced on Wednesday, June 19, at and celebrated in social media posts across NHL social media platforms.

1) GIF of the Year

Artemi Panarin

Calgary Flames

Brady Tkachuk

MacKenzie Blackwood

2) Top Team Video

Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin re-signs

Buffalo Sabres: Casey Mittelstadt in Home Alone

New Jersey Devils: 80s Night

Anaheim Ducks: Mighty Ducks Movie Tribute Night


3) Best Bromance

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn

Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau

Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider

Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat


4) Best Dressed

Henrik Lundqvist

P.K. Subban

Evander Kane

Matt Dumba


5) Best Goalie Mask

Robin Lehner

Anton Khudobin

Antti Raanta

Ryan Miller


6) Best Hockey Smile

Jason Demers

Jeff Carter

Alex Ovechkin

Dustin Byfuglien


7) Best Dog

Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Kelly, Nicky & Macy

Artemi Panarin: Mr. Riziy

Jaccob Slavin: Simba & Lola

Alex DeBrincat: Ralph


8) Best Feel-Good Moment

Louis Domingue’s Hockey Fights Cancer™ mask

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon skate with the Kenya Ice Lions

Pittsburgh Penguins use social to find a kidney donor

Carey Price consoles a boy whose mother died of cancer


9) Best #HockeyTwitter Moment

Gritty breaks the internet

John Tavares signs with Toronto

Seattle gets a team

The Summer of Ovi


10) Best Halloween Costume

Ben Bishop

Brock Boeser and Ben Hutton

Blake Coleman

Marcus Foligno


11) Best Mascot






12) Best Beard

Brent Burns

Ryan Ellis

Aaron Ekblad

Luke Witkowski


13) Best Celly

Rasmus Ristolainen

Dylan Larkin

The Surge

Brad Marchand 


14) Best Follow

P.K. Subban

Erik Karlsson

Matt Duchene

Brad Marchand


15) Best Team Dog






16) Goal of the Year

Sidney Crosby

Mikael Backlund

Aleksander Barkov

Connor McDavid


17) Save of the Year

Carey Price

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Marc-Andre Fleury

Mikko Koskinen


18)  Best Handshake

P.K. Subban and Ryan Johansen

Alex Pietrangelo and Jaden Schwartz

Adam Lowry and Patrik Laine

Keith Yandle and Jonathan Huberdeau


19) Best Fan Video

Caps fan banner raising

Predators promposal

How Swede it is to be deked by you



20) Top Hidden Talent

Samuel Girard

Matthew Peca

Ryan Reaves

Aaron Dell


### (5/15/19)

About the NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs and proudly welcomes its 32nd franchise, based in Seattle, for the 2021-22 season. Each team roster reflects the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented, all vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 670 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 151 million followers – league, team and player accounts combined – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube; and more than 100 million fans online at  The League

broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network™ in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™; and on, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities through the sport of hockey by increasing youth participation and engagement; fostering positive family experiences; promoting inclusion, positive culture and leadership; and supporting sustainable community impact.

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