Jay Mohr to Host, Travis Barker to Perform at NHL Awards

NEW YORK (June 16, 2010) – Actor and comedian Jay Mohr will host the 2010 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 23 at the Pearl Concert Theater inside The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas as the stars of Hollywood and hockey come together to honor the National Hockey League’s best. The 2010 NHL Awards will be broadcast in high definition at 7:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS in the United States and at 8:30 p.m. on CBC in Canada (9 p.m. in Newfoundland). A limited number of tickets are still available via Ticketmaster.

As previously announced, the star-studded show will feature Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos, Florida rockers Shinedown, Grammy Award-nominated rapper Snoop Dogg, the world famous Cirque du Soleil and the NHL’s biggest stars.

Iconic drummer, musician and music producer Travis Barker has joined the lineup of performers at the 2010 NHL Awards that includes Shinedown, Snoop Dogg and The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. Snoop Dogg and Barker will open the broadcast with a pre-taped performance of “I Wanna Rock,” followed by a live performance by Barker featuring special guests later in the show. All musical performances will be presented by Verizon.

An impressive list of special guest and presenters will include actors Jamie Kennedy (“Finding Bliss”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” “The Adjustment Bureau”), Kevin Zegers (“Transamerica”) and Leven Rambin (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scoundrels”); actor / director D.B. Sweeney (“The Cutting Edge,” “Two Tickets to Paradise”); legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer; CBC host Ron MacLean; and Reese Waters, host of “The Daily Line” on VERSUS will join Wahlberg, a Boston native and long-time hockey fan and Stroumboulopoulos. Former NHLers Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick, Guy Lafleur and Eddie Olczyk also will present awards.

NHL stars and nominees Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, Duncan Keith, Mike Green, Ryan Kesler, Ryan Miller, Alex Ovechkin and many more will be on hand for the festivities – including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks also will appear.

A well-known stand-up comedian and featured player on the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons of “Saturday Night Live,” Mohr made the leap to feature films and television, starring in such films as “Jerry McGuire” in 1996 with Tom Cruise and “Picture Perfect” in 1997 with Jennifer Aniston. Mohr will soon be seen with Matt Damon in the upcoming feature film “Hereafter,” directed by Clint Eastwood, and most recently starred in the CBS sitcom “Gary Unmarried.” A New Jersey native, Mohr is an avid sports fan and frequent guest on many sports shows, including ESPN Radio’s The Jim Rome Show.

“As a huge hockey fan, I’m very excited to host the 2010 NHL Awards and honor the game’s greatest players,” said Mohr. “The 2009-10 NHL season has been one of the most exciting in recent memory and the nominated League stars have given us some truly incredible moments to celebrate.”

Tickets to the 2010 NHL Awards are on sale to the public via Ticketmaster.com at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/17004493A9B96A73 and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office. A cocktail reception will be held after the event at the Palms Pool & Bungalows.

The world famous Cirque du Soleil will take to the stage at the Pearl Theater at the 2010 NHL Awards for a special performance from their iconic show, The Beatles LOVE. A recipient of three GRAMMY® Awards (Best Surround Sound 2008, Best Soundtrack 2008, Best Long Form Music Video 2010), LOVE celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles through their timeless, original recordings. Drawn from the poetry of the lyrics, LOVE explores the content of the songs as interpreted by innovative performances from a cast of 65 international artists. A youthful, raw energy is channeled through aerial performance, extreme sports and urban freestyle dance. Hailed by the Toronto Sun as “a Magical Mystery Tour you’ll never forget” and “a glorious theatrical knockout,” LOVE has performed to over 3.5 million spectators since it premiered June 30, 2006 at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

Dave Broome, Executive Producer of the 2010 NHL Awards, brings his creative vision to the show in conjunction with Sweeping Palms Entertainment, LLC, a joint venture between Broome’s 25/7 Productions, Phil Maloof, the Maloof family (The Palms Hotel, Sacramento Kings) and Tony Guanci, a longtime family partner.

Individual honors to be presented at the 2010 NHL Awards include: Art Ross Trophy (top scorer for the regular season), Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey), Calder Memorial Trophy (outstanding rookie), Frank J. Selke Trophy (outstanding defensive forward), Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player to his team), Jack Adams Award (outstanding coach), James Norris Memorial Trophy (outstanding all-around defenseman), King Clancy Memorial Trophy presented by U.S. Army (leadership and humanitarian contribution to his community), Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct), the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone (superior leader in hockey and a contributing member of society), Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (top goal-scorer for the regular season), the NHL Foundation Player Award (charitable and community work), Williams M. Jennings Trophy (goaltender(s) on team with fewest goals-against), the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award, and Vezina Trophy (outstanding goaltender).

Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Henrik Sedin were recently announced as nominees for the Ted Lindsay Award, formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Additional musical performances, as well as special celebrity guests and the NHL’s biggest stars confirmed to attend the 2010 NHL Awards will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit http://www.nhl.com/awards.