UPDATED, 12:38 p.m.: Eric Staal named winner of team's Steve Chiasson Award for first time.
Two members of the Carolina Hurricanes were honored in voting by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association on Thursday. Eric Staal was named the team’s Most Valuable Player for the third time, while Jay Harrison won the newly renamed Josef Vasicek Award for cooperation with the local media.
The latter award, previously known as the Good Guy Award, has been renamed by the Carolina chapter in honor of Vasicek, the former Hurricanes forward who died in a plane crash in Russia in September. Vasicek, 30, never won the award in his six seasons with the Hurricanes, but his cheerful spirit and eagerness to cooperate with the media epitomized what the honor represents.