Forsberg Wins Hart Trophy

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Peter Forsberg became the first Swedish player to win the Hart Memorial Trophy for league's most valuable player at the annual NHL Awards banquet in Toronto.

"I've been very fortunate to play for a good team for a long time," Forsberg said.

Forsberg, who returned to the NHL following an injury that forced him to miss an entire regular season, also won the scoring title with 106 points.

Martin Brodeur, who lost the playoff MVP trophy to Jean-Sebastien Giguere, won his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie.

Unlike the Vezina, the Hart and the rest of the player awards were voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom became the first player since Bobby Orr to be chosen as the NHL's top defenseman for three straight years. Orr won eight consecutive Norris Trophies from 1968-75.

"I don't think it's really sunk in that I've won three in a row," Lidstrom said. "I thought MacInnis was going to win. He had a strong season with (Chris) Pronger out."

Detroit's Steve Yzerman received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. He said he will play next season.

"I'm not 100 percent but I'm feeling good," Yzerman said. "I don't want to come out and say it will be my last. I'll see how it goes."

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