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|Ted Lindsay Award|
|Established||1971–72 NHL season|
|Current holder(s)||Alexander Ovechkin|
|Awarded to the||National Hockey League's outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association|
The Ted Lindsay Award, formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association. As the Lester B. Pearson Award, it has been awarded 38 times to 22 different players since its beginnings in 1971. It is a companion to the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the League's Most Valuable Player.
The award was first handed out at the conclusion of the 1971–72 NHL season. It was named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, who was Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968, the recipient of the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize, and a former player and coach for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's ice hockey team.
On April 29th, 2010, the National Hockey League Players' Association announced that the award would be reintroduced as the Ted Lindsay Award to honor Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and role in establishing the original Players' Association. The voting for the trophy is conducted at the end of the regular season by the members of the NHL Players Association.
Wayne Gretzky won the award five times during his career. Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the award the most number of times, with seven winners, followed by the Edmonton Oilers, with six winners. The Lindsay Award is considered to be the companion of the Hart Memorial Trophy—thirteen players have won both trophies for the same season: Guy Lafleur (1976–77 and 1977–78), Wayne Gretzky (1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1986–87), Mario Lemieux (1987–88 and 1992–93 and 1995–96), Mark Messier (1989–90 and 1991–92), Brett Hull (1990–91), Sergei Fedorov (1993–94), Eric Lindros (1994–95), Dominik Hasek (1996–97 and 1997–98), Jaromir Jagr (1998–99), Joe Sakic (2000–01), Martin St. Louis (2003–04), Sidney Crosby (2006–07) and Alexander Ovechkin (2007–08 and 2008–09). Of those thirteen, only Lafleur, Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr, St. Louis, Crosby, and Ovechkin have also won the Art Ross Trophy for the same season and completed a Hart-Pearson-Art Ross sweep. Sidney Crosby at the age of 19 became the youngest player to ever win the Pearson at the conclusion of the 2006–07 NHL season.
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Player is still active
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (one-time winner)
- Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (two-time winner)
- Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (first nomination)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Canadian Press (2010-04-29). NHLPA officially renames Pearson Award after Ted Lindsay. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2010-04-29.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lester B. Pearson Award history. Legendsofhockey.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-17.
- ↑ Hart Memorial Trophy history. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.
- ↑ NHL releases list of trophy finalists. Canadian Press. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.
- ↑ The Canadian Press (2010-05-06). Sedin, Crosby, Ovechkin up for Lindsay Award as NHLPA MVP. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2010-05-06.
|NHL awards and trophies|
|Team||Stanley Cup · Prince of Wales · Clarence S. Campbell · Presidents' Trophy|
|Individual||Adams · Art Ross · Calder · Conn Smythe · Crozier · Hart · Jennings · King Clancy · Lady Byng · Lindsay · Masterton · Messier · NHL Foundation · Norris · Plus/Minus · Rocket Richard · Selke · Vezina · GM of the Year|
|Defunct||O'Brien Cup · Man of the Year Award · Conacher Award|
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