It came down to just three votes, the closest in history.
Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings took home the hardware with a vote of 945-942.
But wait, it gets better.
Richards had more first place votes (61) than Datsyuk (55). But, because Datsyuk had more overall support, the 30 year-old Russian walked out the winner.
Don't worry -- one Flyer did end up a winner at the NHL Awards, although it had nothing to do with his successes on the ice.
Hartnell went head-to-head and beat Canucks captain, and poker aficionado, Roberto Luongo.
Hartnell, a tournament poker newcomer, played down his win.
“I was lucky to get to the final two and I was lucky against Luongo there to win,” he said.
Lets hope he can bring that luck to ice next season.