Tomas Hertl put on a show for the fans during the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Saturday night, but he won’t be bringing the game’s MVP award back with him to San Jose.
That’s in large part because the Sharks center wasn’t even one of the four finalists for the award.
A few minutes before Hertl scored the game-winning goal for the Pacific Division, the NHL posted a poll question on Twitter asking who the MVP of the game should be.
Keep in mind that the game was tied 4-4 at the time of the poll question. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, Ottawa’s Anthony Duclair, Boston’s David Pastrnak and Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk were the four players nominated for the award.
Hertl’s game-winner was his fifth goal of the night, which led all scorers. In the Pacific Division’s semifinal win over the Central Division, Hertl netted four goals, including the final three of that game.
Pastrnak won the award with 36 percent of the vote, but we’re guessing Hertl would have gotten a higher percentage had he been a finalist.
After the night’s festivities were over, Hertl met with the media in the dressing room and was asked if he was disappointed he didn’t win All-Star Game MVP.
“No,” Hertl said. “I think [Sharks assistant coach] Mike Ricci was the first one to text me that hopefully I got for him a new car, but it’s all good. I’m happy we won and we won the prize, so it’s exciting.”
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The 11 Pacific Division players will split the $1 million prize money for winning the tournament. Before taxes, each player will take home $90,909.
If Hertl was at all privately bummed he didn’t win MVP, that check he’s going home with will make him feel a lot better.
Why Sharks Tomas Hertl wasn’t even 2020 NHL All-Star Game MVP finalist originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Source: Yahoo Sports