Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino announced as venue for 2019 NHL Awards

"We just wanted to up the energy level," NHL chief content officer and executive vice president Steve Mayer said at a news conference before the Vegas Golden Knights played the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena.

Mayer said the NHL plans to honor Ted Lindsay, the namesake of the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association.

Finalists for each award will be announced daily starting Wednesday with the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward.

The NHL Awards have been held previously in Las Vegas at the Palms Hotel (2009-11), Encore at Wynn Las Vegas (2012, 2014), MGM Grand Garden Arena (2015), The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (2016, 2018) and T-Mobile Arena (2017).

Last year, it celebrated the Golden Knights' inaugural season and the impact they made after the mass shooting on the Strip on Oct. 1, 2017.

"To be able to go to Mandalay Bay, to go to a bigger venue, to have those fans and this community who love hockey so much be able to appreciate our show is something we look forward to.

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