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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. First awarded in 1971, it is a companion to the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the League's Most Valuable Player, as judged by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The award was renamed[why?] in 2010 after Ted Lindsay of the Detroit Red Wings.[1]

Ted Lindsay Award
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Sport Ice hockey
Given for National Hockey League's outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association
History
First award 1971–72 NHL season
Most recent Connor McDavid
Edmonton Oilers

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HistoryEdit

The award was first handed out at the conclusion of the 1970–71 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 29, 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 ten winners, followed by the Edmonton Oilers, with seven winners.[2] The Lindsay Award is considered to be the companion of the Hart Memorial Trophy—sixteen players have won both trophies for the same season: Guy Lafleur (1976–77 and 1977–78), Gretzky (1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1986–87), Mario Lemieux (1987–88, 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, 2012–13 and 2013–14), Alexander Ovechkin (2007–08 and 2008–09), Evgeni Malkin (2011–12), Carey Price (2014–15), Patrick Kane (2015–16) and Connor McDavid (2016–17).[3] Of those sixteen, only Lafleur, Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr, St. Louis, Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Kane and McDavid have also won the Art Ross Trophy for the same season and completed a Hart-Pearson-Art Ross sweep,[4] (while Hasek and Price are the only goaltenders to win the Hart-Pearson/Lindsay double to date). Of that list, only Ovechkin has also won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for top goal-scorer in the same year, completing what is to date the only Hart-Pearson-Art Ross-Richard sweep. Had the Richard Trophy existed formally during the years they completed their Hart-Pearson-Art Ross sweeps, however, Lafleur would have achieved the four-award sweep once (in 1977–78), Lemieux twice (1987–88 and 1995–96), and Gretzky five times (1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1986–87).

WinnersEdit

 
Mario Lemieux, four-time winner.
 
Jaromir Jagr, three-time winner.
 
Alexander Ovechkin, three-time winner.
 
Sidney Crosby, three-time winner.
 
Dominik Hasek, two-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 Not awarded due to the league's lockout
2005–06 Jaromir Jagr New York Rangers RW 3
2006–07 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins C 1
2007–08 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 1
2008–09 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 2
As Ted Lindsay Award
2009–10 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 3
2010–11 Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks LW 1
2011–12 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C 1
2012–13 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins C 2
2013–14 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins C 3
2014–15 Carey Price Montreal Canadiens G 1
2015–16 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks RW 1
2016–17 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers C 1
2017–18 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers C 2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Specific
  1. ^ a b The Canadian Press (2010-04-29). "NHLPA officially renames Pearson Award after Ted Lindsay". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  2. ^ a b c "Lester B. Pearson Award history". Legendsofhockey.net. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
  3. ^ "Hart Memorial Trophy". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  4. ^ "NHL releases list of trophy finalists". Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-08-18.