NHLPA Members Select Ovechkin as Ted Lindsay Award Winner

Ovechkin becomes first player since Wayne Gretzky to receive honour in three consecutive years

NHLPA Members Select Ovechkin as Ted Lindsay Award Winner


LAS VEGAS (June 23, 2010) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced Alexander Ovechkin as the inaugural recipient of the 2009-10 Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. Ted Lindsay was on hand to present the players’ award as part of the 2010 NHL Awards, held at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Ted Lindsay Award finalists, Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, were also in attendance.

"I'd like to congratulate Alex Ovechkin on receiving this award after another great year. Receiving this nod of respect from your peers carries a lot of meaning, and I know Alex will cherish this honour," said Lindsay, following the presentation of the first Ted Lindsay Award.

Ovechkin, of Moscow, Russia, is now the three-time defending recipient of the NHLPA’s “Most Outstanding Player” award, the first player since Wayne Gretzky to do so and also just the third player out of the award’s 22 recipients to accomplish this feat (along with Guy Lafleur, 1975-76 – 1977-78). He appeared in 72 games for the Washington Capitals in 2009-10, finishing amid the top-three players in the league in points (109) and goals (50), while leading the Capitals to their third-consecutive Southeast Division title in 2009-10, as well as to the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history. This is the third straight season that Ovechkin reached the 100-point plateau and tallied more than 50 goals – reaching the 50-goal plateau for the fourth time in his five-year career.

On April 29, 2010, the Ted Lindsay Award was introduced, and it remains the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award. The Award honours Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership and his role in establishing the original Players' Association.

In recognition of being named the 2009-10 Ted Lindsay Award winner, Ovechkin was presented with an elegant men’s watch from Breitling.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit www.nhlpa.com/About-Us/Ted-Lindsay-Award to view further background information on the Ted Lindsay Award and in-depth finalist profiles.

2009-10 Ted Lindsay Award Recipient
Alexander Ovechkin
Weight: 220 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Age: 24
Born: Moscow, Russia
Date of Birth: 09/17/1985
Entry: Selected 1st Round, 1st Overall by the Washington Capitals
in the 2004 Entry Draft
Career Achievements:
Lester B. Pearson Award (2008, 2009); Ted Lindsay Award (2010)
Hart Trophy (2008, 2009)
 Art Ross Trophy winner (2008)
Maurice Richard Trophy (2008, 2009)
Calder Trophy winner (2006)
Named to First All-Star Team (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

“Most Outstanding Player” Award Recipients:


Lester B. Pearson Award

1983-84Wayne Gretzky

1997-98Dominik Hasek

1970-71Phil Esposito

1984-85Wayne Gretzky

1998-99Jaromir Jagr

1971-72Jean Ratelle

1985-86Mario Lemieux

1999-00Jaromir Jagr

1972-73Bobby Clarke

1986-87Wayne Gretzky

2000-01Joe Sakic

1973-74Phil Esposito

1987-88Mario Lemieux

2001-02Jarome Iginla

1974-75Bobby Orr

1988-89Steve Yzerman

2002-03Markus Naslund

1975-76Guy Lafleur

1989-90Mark Messier

2003-04Martin St. Louis

1976-77Guy Lafleur

1990-91Brett Hull

2005-06Jaromir Jagr

1977-78Guy Lafleur

1991-92Mark Messier

2006-07Sidney Crosby

1978-79Marcel Dionne

1992-93Mario Lemieux

2007-08Alexander Ovechkin

1979-80Marcel Dionne

1993-94Sergei Fedorov

2008-09Alexander Ovechkin

1980-81Mike Liut

1994-95Eric Lindros

Ted Lindsay Award

1981-82Wayne Gretzky

1995-96Mario Lemieux

 2009-10 Alexander Ovechkin

1982-83Wayne Gretzky

1996-97Dominik Hasek