TORONTO (June 15, 2013) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced Sidney Crosby as the recipient of the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning were also nominated by their fellow players as finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award.

“I would like to thank the NHL Players’ Association for recognizing me for this award,” said Sidney Crosby, the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award recipient. “It means a lot to be recognized by the guys that you compete against each and every night.”

“The players know who they're voting for. This is very well deserved for Sidney." said Ted Lindsay, Hockey Hall of Fame player, and namesake to the award. "Sidney comes to play every night and he's a great team player. It's a wonderful honour for my name to be associated with his winning it. I would also like to congratulate Alex and Martin on their deserving nominations."

This is the second time that Crosby has received the players’ award (2006-07). He was also nominated by his peers as a finalist in 2009-10.

As part of the 2013 NHL Awards television broadcast that aired prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago, the Ted Lindsay Award was presented along with the Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Trophy and Vezina Trophy.

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 helped lead the Penguins to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference in the 2012-13 regular season. 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).

In the history of the Award, four different Penguins players have been voted the “Most Outstanding Player” for a combined nine times. Crosby’s teammate Evgeni Malkin received the Ted Lindsay Award last season, while former Penguins forward Mario Lemieux received the Award four times (1985-86, 1987-88, 1992-93, 1995-96), and forward Jaromir Jagr received the Award twice while playing for the Penguins (1998-99, 1999-00).

2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award Recipient: 


Height: 5’11” 

Weight: 205 lbs. 

Shoots: Left 

Age: 25 

Hometown: Cole Harbour, NS, Canada 

Draft: Selected 1st Round, 1st Overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005 Entry Draft 

Career Achievements: 

Ted Lindsay Award (2012-13)

Lester B. Pearson Award (2006-07) 

Art Ross Trophy (2006-07) 

Hart Memorial Trophy (2006-07) 

Stanley Cup (2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins) 

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (2009-10 – tied with Steven Stamkos) 

Olympic gold medal (2010 – Canada)



“Most Outstanding Player” Award Recipients:

Lester B. Pearson Award

1984-85 Wayne Gretzky

1999-00 Jaromir Jagr

1970-71 Phil Esposito

1985-86 Mario Lemieux

2000-01 Joe Sakic

1971-72 Jean Ratelle

1986-87 Wayne Gretzky

2001-02 Jarome Iginla

1972-73 Bobby Clarke

1987-88 Mario Lemieux

2002-03 Markus Naslund

1973-74 Phil Esposito

1988-89 Steve Yzerman

2003-04 Martin St. Louis

1974-75 Bobby Orr

1989-90 Mark Messier

2005-06 Jaromir Jagr

1975-76 Guy Lafleur

1990-91 Brett Hull

2006-07 Sidney Crosby

1976-77 Guy Lafleur

1991-92 Mark Messier

2007-08 Alexander Ovechkin

1977-78 Guy Lafleur

1992-93 Mario Lemieux

2008-09 Alexander Ovechkin

1978-79 Marcel Dionne

1993-94 Sergei Fedorov

Ted Lindsay Award

1979-80 Marcel Dionne

1994-95 Eric Lindros

2009-10 Alexander Ovechkin

1980-81 Mike Liut

1995-96 Mario Lemieux

2010-11 Daniel Sedin

1981-82 Wayne Gretzky

1996-97 Dominik Hasek

2011-12 Evgeni Malkin

1982-83 Wayne Gretzky

1997-98 Dominik Hasek

2012-13 Sidney Crosby

1983-84 Wayne Gretzky

1998-99 Jaromir Jagr


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