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Sports, Hollywood and music stars hit the Wynn for 2014 NHL Awards

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Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins stands with the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward during the 2012 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Wynn Las Vegas.

2012 NHL Awards

Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson poses with the James Norris Memorial Trophy backstage during the 2012 NHL Awards show at the Wynn Las Vegas Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Launch slideshow »

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Hollywood and music stars are turning out in force today to join NHL stars at the 2014 NHL Awards being televised live from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

There’s an irony to the awards because our desert valley temperatures will be up at the 100-degree mark, far above the 26 degrees the players are accustomed to in ice hockey.

Members of the 2014 Stanley Cup champion the Los Angeles Kings will walk the red carpet with the iconic trophy, their second win in three years.

Fans are invited to watch the celebrations starting at 2 p.m. PST and cheer on Kings favorites Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, plus Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who is the winner of the Art Ross Trophy as the regular-season scoring champion.

Our Luxor dance-crew headliners the Jabbawockeez will perform on the two-hour show airing live at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on NBC Sports Network and CBC in Canada, with a simulcast on NHL.com.

George Stroumboulopoulos is hosting the awards with entertainment by “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, singer-songwriter Matisyahu and DJ Steve Porter.

The presenters include Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), David Boreanaz (“Bones”), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”), David Walton (“About a Boy”), Retta (“Parks & Recreation”) and Colin Hanks (“Fargo”). NHL legends Mark Messier, Luc Robitaille and Ted Lindsay are three of the sports presenters.

Longtime hockey fans Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties”), Susan Sarandon (“Tammy”), Whoopi Goldberg (“The View”), Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) and James Lipton (“Inside the Actors Studio”) have pretaped segments for the broadcast.

The NHL and the Boston Bruins have partnered to fulfill a dream of 9-year-old hockey player Will Lacey. The young goalie is battling a rare form of brain cancer (neuroblastoma), and his wish is to attend the awards. He’ll walk the red carpet with his Bruins hometown heroes Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.

Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s hits “Property Brothers” and “Brother vs. Brother” will make a special appearance. On Monday, the twins held a family reunion here in their hometown to celebrate the unveiling of their new home.

Guests loaded up from a candy lover’s dream table courtesy of Sugar Factory’s sweet confections, including miniature cupcakes, gummy bears, assorted gumballs and colorful rock candy sticks.

This is the fifth time the NHL has honored the best hockey players in the world in Las Vegas with a year remaining on a six-year partnership with our Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. It’s the third time that Steve Wynn has hosted the stars at his hotel.

Proof of the growing popularity of social media comes with Twitter. Two Twitter Mirrors will provide sneak peeks and real-time exclusive access to the red carpet and backstage for fans to follow all the action.

Check back to Vegas DeLuxe on Wednesday for our recap, including photo and video coverage.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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