Golden Knights up for NHL Fan Choice Awards


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Vegas Golden Knights’ Ryan Reaves, left, celebrates with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas.

Mon, May 11, 2020 (8:08 a.m.)

The NHL Fan Choice Awards are open, and there is no shortage of Golden Knights players among the nominees.

Typically a postseason event for the league, the Fan Choice Awards were created in 2018 as a way for fans to choose the best moments in social media from the season. Voting is open through June 1 at the awards website, and winners will be announced June 3.

Four Golden Knights are up for individual awards, and the the team was nominated for Best Mascot and Best Building.

Marc-Andre Fleury won Save of the Year last year for this beauty against the Flyers and returns to defend his crown with his game-saving leap against the Maple Leafs on April 19.

#ExpressiveMarkStone became a favorite hashtag of the Golden Knights’ social media accounts and fans. Stone's exuberance is rewarded with a nomination for Best Gif. There are plenty to choose from, and the league went with the congratulations after a victory over the Flyers on Jan. 2.

When the Golden Knights acquired Robin Lehner in February, they also acquired one of the best Twitter accounts in the league. Lehner is up for Best Follow on social media. At the time of the trade, Lehner posted a meme of himself as a Panda making a joke about how he was technically acquired by Toronto for cap reasons before being sent to Vegas.

Ryan Reaves was nominated for Funniest Player, a new category this year. Reaves is known as a trash-talker on the ice, and after coming in third in a ranking of best chirpers in the league in October, he made it clear he was gunning for the gold.

“With new categories and a new host, we’re excited to give our passionate fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite NHL moments across social media,” Heidi Browning, NHL chief marketing officer, said in a statement.

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