Sidney Crosby won three major awards last night at the NHL Awards- the Art Ross (scoring champion), the Hart Trophy (MVP) and the Ted Lindsay (players vote for MVP). All were widely expected, and well deserved. All hail the king.
From the NHLPA, about the Ted Lindsay:
This marks the third consecutive season that a Penguins player has received the Ted Lindsay Award (Evgeni Malkin – 2011-12). In franchise history, Crosby is the second Penguins player to receive the Award three times while with the team (Mario Lemieux – 1985-86, 1987-88, 1992-93, 1995-96).
Crosby becomes only the sixth three-time recipient in the history of the players’ Award, joining Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Alexander Ovechkin.
As part of the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, Ted Lindsay presented his namesake Award. Getzlaf and Giroux were also in attendance.
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.
During the 2013-14 regular season, Crosby helped lead the Penguins to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. He won his second Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points (104), while he finished first in assists (68), third in faceoffs won (991), first in points per game (1.30), first in even strength points (66) and led all forwards in average ice time (21:58).
And from the NHL, regarding the Hart Trophy:
Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team" as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Crosby was a near-unanimous choice, receiving 128 first-place votes from the 137 ballots cast. Named on every ballot, he was the second choice on eight ballots and received one third-place vote. The Penguins captain won his second career Hart Trophy and first since 2007.
Crosby posted 36 goals as well as a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points to lead the Penguins to their second consecutive division title. He registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point. Crosby also reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career and on Nov. 29 hit 700 career points, doing so in his 497th game, the fastest among active players and sixth-fastest in NHL history.2013-2014 Hart Trophy Voting
1. Sidney Crosby, PIT 1341 (128-8-1-0-0)
2. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 877 (5-96-28-5-0)
3. Claude Giroux, PHI 435 (2-15-42-27-19)
4. Semyon Varlamov, COL 256 (1-8-23-22-9)
5. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 137 (0-4-9-17-13)
6. Tyler Seguin, DAL 84 (0-1-6-12-11)
7. Joe Pavelski, SJ 71 (0-0-3-11-23)
8. Anze Kopitar, LA 58 (0-0-4-9-11)
9. Jonathan Toews, CHI 53 (0-2-4-4-7)
10. Ben Bishop, TB 52 (0-0-5-6-9)
11. Tuukka Rask, BOS 35 (0-1-2-5-3)
12. Jamie Benn, DAL 35 (0-1-2-4-6)
13. Corey Perry, ANA 29 (0-0-3-4-2)
14. Carey Price, MTL 20 (1-0-1-0-5)
15. Duncan Keith, CHI 19 (0-0-1-3-5)
16. Gustav Nyquist, DET 13 (0-1-0-2-0)
17. Matt Duchene, COL 11 (0-0-1-1-3)
18. Alex Steen, STL 9 (0-0-1-1-1)
John Tavares, NYI 9 (0-0-1-1-1)
20. Patrick Sharp, CHI 7 (0-0-0-2-1)
21. Shea Weber, NSH 4 (0-0-0-1-1)
22. Joe Thornton, SJ 3 (0-0-0-0-3)
23. Jaromir Jagr, NJ 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Patrick Marleau, SJ 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Alex Ovechkin, WSH 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Ryan Suter, MIN 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Congrats to Sidney Crosby!