Lost in all the bitterness of a crushing loss and a rather dubious MVP selection, Malkin impressed me (a Canadian) in one key respect. He stayed in Russia this year to help his hometown club win a championship -- this is the same club in which he's developed his whole life. Forgoing millions to help your hometown gain some pride in very difficult times? Why, since its hockey day in Canada, I award Malkin the 2006 Jean Beliveau Award for paying back those who made you a star before you cash all those big cheques. I guess Pogge is a close runner-up for buying his mom a car with the Leafs' bonus money. Gotta say something about hockey -- the people who play it are rock solid (I even hear the Ovechkin is helluva nice guy!).