Joe Sakic of Colorado, Chris Drury of New York and Julien Brisebois of Tampa Bay were named Jim Gregory in the 2022 Grandmaster of the Year finals.
Sakic is currently aiming to win the Stanley Cup as a player and general manager, and to lead the Avalanche to the Finals this year. Among the additions he has brought this season are Darcy Kemper, Josh Manson and Arturi Lehkonen, and in recent years he has built some of the deep core with the help of players such as Valery Nichushkin, Devon Toews and Andre Burakovsky.
Drury took over as CEO last May and made an immediate impact. Through a string of moves including Frank Vatrano, Andrew Kopp, Barclay Goodrow and Ryan Reeves, he helped the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals. Drury spent 12 years in the NHL, winning the Cup in 2001 with the Colorados.
After building a team that won back-to-back Stanley Cups, Brisbois was tasked with saving the group for the third run. The Bolts are playing for the Cup again after adding key figures in Nick Paul, Brandon Hagel and Corey Perry, among others.
The winner will be named during the NHL Draft, which will be held in Montreal on July 7-8.