NHLPA members select Nikita Kucherov as 2018-19 Ted Lindsay Award recipient

The NHLPA announced today that Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning is the recipient of the 2018-19 Ted Lindsay Award.


Kucherov is the first player since 1973 to receive the award after being a second-round NHL draft pick
…He is the fourth Russian player to be voted most outstanding player

LAS VEGAS (June 19, 2019)  The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning is the recipient of the 2018-19 Ted Lindsay Award (TLA) after receiving the most votes from the NHLPA membership for his exceptional season. The TLA was presented by Ted Lindsay’s daughter, Lynn LaPaugh, and former NHL player and current NHLPA executive Mathieu Schneider during the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone, less than four months after Lindsay’s passing.

Kucherov is the second-ever player who was selected in the second round of the NHL Draft to receive the TLA (Bobby Clarke, 1973). He becomes the fourth different Russian player to be named the most outstanding player, following Sergei Fedorov (1993-94), Alex Ovechkin (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), and Evgeni Malkin (2011-12). Kucherov joins Martin St. Louis (2003-04) as only the second Tampa Bay Lightning player to receive the award.

During the 2018-19 regular season, Kucherov played in all 82 games to help the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning tie a league-best record of 62 wins while capturing his first Art Ross Trophy. The 26-year-old from Maykop scored a career-high 128 points to set a new single-season scoring record for the most by a Russian-born player, besting Alexander Mogilny’s 127 points from 1992-93. Kucherov led the league in multi-point games (38), points per game (1.56) and power-play points (48). His 87 assists also led the league and, in addition to establishing a personal best, tied the single-season record for the most by a winger (Jaromir Jagr, 1995-96). The right-winger’s 41 goals were good for a share of second-most on his team and sixth in the league, while his even-strength points (80) placed him in a tie for second in the NHL.

Forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers both finished as finalists for the 2018-19 TLA. McDavid received the previous two TLAs (2016-17, 2017-18), having become the first player to be voted most outstanding by his peers twice before the age of 22. Meanwhile, Kane is the only U.S.-born player to receive the award (2015-16) and sought his second such honour in four seasons.

About the Ted Lindsay Award:

The Ted Lindsay Award (TLA) is unique as the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established with the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1970-71. NHLPA members annually vote on the player they deem to be the most outstanding in the NHL regular season. Reintroduced in 2009-10, the TLA honours the legacy of its namesake the late Ted Lindsay an NHL All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership and role in establishing the original Players’ Association. For more information on the TLA, visit NHLPA.com. Join the conversation by using #TedLindsayAward.­­­­­­