NHLPA ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2012-13 TED LINDSAY AWARD

NHLPA ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2012-13 TED LINDSAY AWARD

TORONTO (May 9, 2013) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that centre Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been nominated as finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

The Ted Lindsay Award is the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award since 1970-71. The Award honours Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original Players' Association.

Crosby, Ovechkin and St. Louis are all previous recipients of the “Most Outstanding Player” award, and this group of finalists will have received six of the last nine awards, including this season. The 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

The following players are finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award (in alphabetical order):

Sidney Crosby, of Cole Harbour, NS, Canada, appeared in 36 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference. He ranked tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), fourth in plus-minus (+26), and first in points per game (1.56). This marks the second year in a row that a Penguins player has been nominated, after Evgeni Malkin received the 2011-12 Ted Lindsay Award. Crosby is vying for his second “Most Outstanding Player” award. He received the players’ award in 2006-07 and was also a finalist in 2009-10.

Alex Ovechkin, of Moscow, Russia, appeared in all 48 games for the Washington Capitals in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Capitals to a Southeast Division title. He led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy, tied for third in the league in points (56), tied for fifth in points per game (1.17) and ranked first in power play goals (16). Ovechkin is vying for his fourth “Most Outstanding Player” award. He previously received the players’ award in three consecutive seasons (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), and he was also a finalist in 2005-06.

Martin St. Louis, of Laval, QC, Canada, appeared in all 48 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2012-13 season. He led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy (2003-04), ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25), and fifth in power play assists. This marks the third consecutive year that a Lightning player has been nominated, after St. Louis’ linemate Steven Stamkos was a finalist in each of the previous two seasons. St. Louis is vying for his second “Most Outstanding Player” award. He received the players’ award in 2003-04.

 “Most Outstanding Player” Award Recipients:

Lester B. Pearson Award

1983-84 Wayne Gretzky

1997-98 Dominik Hasek

1970-71 Phil Esposito

1984-85 Wayne Gretzky

1998-99 Jaromir Jagr

1971-72 Jean Ratelle

1985-86 Mario Lemieux

1999-00 Jaromir Jagr

1972-73 Bobby Clarke

1986-87 Wayne Gretzky

2000-01 Joe Sakic

1973-74 Phil Esposito

1987-88 Mario Lemieux

2001-02 Jarome Iginla

1974-75 Bobby Orr

1988-89 Steve Yzerman

2002-03 Markus Naslund

1975-76 Guy Lafleur

1989-90 Mark Messier

2003-04 Martin St. Louis

1976-77 Guy Lafleur

1990-91 Brett Hull

2005-06 Jaromir Jagr

1977-78 Guy Lafleur

1991-92 Mark Messier

2006-07 Sidney Crosby

1978-79 Marcel Dionne

1992-93 Mario Lemieux

2007-08 Alexander Ovechkin

1979-80 Marcel Dionne

1993-94 Sergei Fedorov

2008-09 Alexander Ovechkin

1980-81 Mike Liut

1994-95 Eric Lindros

Ted Lindsay Award

1981-82 Wayne Gretzky

1995-96 Mario Lemieux

2009-10 Alexander Ovechkin

1982-83 Wayne Gretzky

1996-97 Dominik Hasek

2010-11 Daniel Sedin


2011-12 Evgeni Malkin

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