Maybe Sidney Crosby and Alex Oveckhin won’t be the biggest stars at the 2010 NHL Awards.
Further proof that hockey is enjoying a renaissance south of the border, the league announced comedian and actor Jay Mohr will host the star-studded awards ceremony in Sin City.
Apparently, the former Saturday Night Live cast member is hooked on hockey, too.
“As a huge hockey fan. I’m very excited to host the 2010 NHL Awards and honour the game’s greatest players,” Mohr said in a statement released by the league.
“The 2009-10 NHL season has been one of the most exciting in recent memory and the nominated league stars have given us some truly incredible moments to celebrate.”
Mohr’s acting resume includes appearances in Jerry Maguire, Picture Perfect, Gary Unmarried and Ghost Whisperer. He’s also a frequent guest host on The Jim Rome Show.
Crosby, Ovechkin, Duncan Keith and Martin Brodeur headline the list of standouts on skates with a chance to get their hands on some league hardware, which will be handed out June 23 and will be broadcast on CBC and Versus.
The Calgary Flames will get an extended look at their rookie hopefuls this fall.
Prior to main camp at the Saddledome, the Flames will ice a team for a prospects tournament in Penticton, B.C.
The Vancouver Canucks are hosting the event, while the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks will also send squads.