Earlier today, we kicked off the 2011-12 Capitals Award Ceremony with the announcement of the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies, two awards determined on tangible results throughout the season. We realize that since they are based on palpable stats, they might not be as glamous as some of the others yet to be unveiled and wanted to make good with our readers… so where we initially promised one per day, today we will present two in an act of good faith: The Plus/Minus and Green Jacket awards.
Most are aware of the NHL’s Plus/Minus Award, which is bestowed upon the NHL’s “player, having played a minimum of 60 games [during the regular season] who leads the league in plus/minus statistics,” but many are not familiar with the Green Jacket award. That’s because mixed in with our presentation of actual NHL Awards (divied out to the 2011-12 Washington Capitals squad) the bloggers of Rock the Red have developed some awards of our own, which we will be sprinkling in occasionally. Anything to help a long offseason go by quicker, right?
The Green Jacket Award is the other end of the spectrum from the +/- Award, and is awarded to the NHL player, having played a minimum of 60 games in the regular season, who is the worst of the worst in the league in plus/minus statistics at the end of the regular season. This year’s league-wide Plus/Minus winner was the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron at +36, with the Green Jacket award going to the Islanders’ (and former Capital) Milan Jurcina at -34.
Former NHL-wide Plus/Minus Award holders from the Capitals: 2009-10 Jeff Schultz (+50)
Former NHL-wide Green Jacket holders from the Capitals: 1974-75 Bill Mikkelson (-82), 1978-79 Rick Green (-45)