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Ted Lindsay Award
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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 renamed for Detroit Red Wings great Ted Lindsay, officially announced on April 29, 2010.[1]

HistoryEdit

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.[2]

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.[1] The voting for the trophy is conducted at the end of the regular season by the members of the NHL Players Association.[2]

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.[2] 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).[3] 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.[4] 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.

WinnersEdit

Mario Lemieux 2001

Mario Lemieux, four-time winner.

Dominator39

Dominik Hasek, two-time winner.

JaromeIginla

Jarome Iginla, one-time winner.

Marty St Louis 2007

Martin St. Louis, one-time winner.

Positions key
C Centre D Defence RW Right Wing LW Left Wing G Goaltender

     Player is still active

Season Winner Team Position Win #
As Lester B. Pearson Award
1970–71 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins C 1
1971–72 Jean Ratelle New York Rangers C 1
1972–73 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins C 2
1973–74 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers C 1
1974–75 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D 1
1975–76 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens RW 1
1976–77 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens RW 2
1977–78 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens RW 3
1978–79 Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings C 1
1979–80 Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings C 2
1980–81 Mike Liut St. Louis Blues G 1
1981–82 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C 1
1982–83 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C 2
1983–84 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C 3
1984–85 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C 4
1985–86 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 1
1986–87 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C 5
1987–88 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 2
1988–89 Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings C 1
1989–90 Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers C 1
1990–91 Brett Hull St. Louis Blues RW 1
1991–92 Mark Messier New York Rangers C 2
1992–93 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 3
1993–94 Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings C 1
1994–95 Eric Lindros Philadelphia Flyers C 1
1995–96 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 4
1996–97 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres G 1
1997–98 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres G 2
1998–99 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins RW 1
1999–2000 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins RW 2
2000–01 Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche C 1
2001–02 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames RW 1
2002–03 Markus Naslund Vancouver Canucks LW 1
2003–04 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning RW 1
2004–05 2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
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2005–06 Jaromir Jagr New York Rangers RW 3
2006–07 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins C 1
2007–08 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 1
2008–09 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 2

2009–10 finalistsEdit

The finalists for the award for the 2009-10 season were announced on May 6, 2010. The trophy winner will be announced on June 23, 2010 at the NHL Awards ceremony.[5]


ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. 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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lester B. Pearson Award history. Legendsofhockey.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-17.
  3. Hart Memorial Trophy history. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.
  4. NHL releases list of trophy finalists. Canadian Press. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.
  5. The Canadian Press (2010-05-06). Sedin, Crosby, Ovechkin up for Lindsay Award as NHLPA MVP. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2010-05-06.

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