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Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Dan Hamhuis have been named the NHL’s two nominees for the Hart Trophy for Player of the Year, the league announced Thursday.

The trophy is presented to the NHL Most Valuable Player in each of the league’s five seasons.

“It’s an honor to win this award, and it’s an even bigger honor to receive the Hart,” Johansson said.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to play in the NHL and be able to share it with my teammates and the fans.

I’m going to be able share it in a special way with my family and friends.”

The award is presented by the Hockey Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the game and its traditions, and the NHL Foundation.

The finalists will be announced on Sunday at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.

The award will be presented to an NHL player on Jan. 20.

The two finalists will compete in the award’s second annual awards show, which is held on Feb. 7 in Las Vegas.

In addition to Johansson, Hamhuistas nomination also includes: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, Dallas Stars forward Brett Ritchie, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen, Minnesota Wild defenseman Zach Parise and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns.

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“We had a couple of good games, but we’ve got to keep working and keep improving.”