The 2016 NHL Awards kicked off with media availability on June 21, 2016. The first question for every player, coach, and GM was about the impending announcement of the Las Vegas expansion franchise. That question was quickly followed by inquiring how they felt about playing in Vegas during the regular season. Las Vegas has been the host of the NHL Awards since 2009 but this is the first year where they were held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, just east of the main strip.
The media moved on to questions about the awards themselves after they fulfilled their expansion talk quota. Nearly every trophy was represented during the availability even though some of the NHL’s biggest stars were notably absent. Along the Boards photographer Chelsea Stedry was on location at the Encore by Wynn hotel to share the sights of media day.