Florida Man Victor Hedman a Worthy Conn Smythe Winner


As every hockey player in the history of the world has done, Victor Hedman turned his personal accomplishment into a team triumph, because nobody is less impressed with themselves than hockey players, particularly Swedish ones. Said anyone on the Tampa Bay Lightning roster would have been a worthy recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. But in one of the closest votes in the history of the award, Hedman won out because he had an impact on the playoffs that almost no defenseman has ever had. (Full disclosure: Hedman was not my first choice for the award. As one of the 18 people privileged to vote, I chose Brayden Point No. 1, with Hedman second and Nikita Kucherov third. I would have had no quarrel with any one of the three winning.)