Sean Couturier named Flyers’ MVP for third straight season, a feat last accomplished by Eric Lindros
Heading into Monday’s season finale, Couturier had 39 points, including 17 goals, in 44 games.
Center Sean Couturier, the definition of consistency this season, was named the winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team’s MVP Monday night.
Couturier, 28, who completed his 10th year with the Flyers, has won the award three straight seasons. He became the first player to win the award three straight times since Eric Lindros from 1993-94 to 1995-96.
“I didn’t know that,” Couturier said. “It’s quite an honor, especially being mentioned with guys like Eric Lindros. And the trophy named after Bobby Clarke. Those are guys that marked the history of the Flyers.”
Added Couturier: “It’s nice individually to get that award. It would have been better to get into the playoffs and make a push here.”
After collecting two points in Monday’s 4-2 comeback win over New Jersey, Couturier finished with 41 points, including 18 goals, in 45 games. He missed 11 games because of injuries. Couturier’s 0.91 points-per-game average was the third-best of his career.
Ivan Provorov won the Barry Ashbee Trophy, awarded to the team’s top defenseman, for the third time. He also won in 2016-17 and last season. Provorov began Monday leading the Flyers’ defensemen in points (26), time on ice (25:02 per game), shots (124) and plus-minus rating (plus-3).
Couturier and Provorov were winners in votes conducted by the media.
The players selected Joel Farabee as the winner of the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the most improved Flyer. He went from eight goals and 21 points last season to 20 goals and 38 points this year.
Couturier won the Gene Hart Memorial Award as the player who showed the most heart. The Flyers’ fan club makes the selection, and Oskar Lindblom was the heavy favorite.
James van Riemsdyk won the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award, which is voted upon by the writers and given to the player who best illustrates character, dignity, and respect for the sport — on and off the ice.
Claude Giroux was the winner of the Toyota Cup, given to the player who collects the most points in the Star of the Game voting throughout the season. Giroux won the award for the seventh time.
Lindblom is Masterton nominee
Lindblom, a cancer survivor who was a regular this season, was the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association’s nomination for the Masterton award. Each team has a nominee
The award is given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication.
“Being through what he went through and able to come back ... is a testament to the young man and we’re very proud of him,” coach Alain Vigneault said.
The Flyers and Penn Medicine hosted a vaccination night Monday before and during the game at the Wells Fargo Center.
All ticketed fans who received a vaccine were given two tickets to a game next season.