Source: Associated Press/Gene J. Puskar
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby already has won many awards and trophies in his NHL career. He has won the Stanley Cup, the Hart trophy, the Maurice Rocket Richard trophy, the Art Ross trophy, and an Olympic gold medal. Crosby added another award to the list today as the NHL announced that he earned the Ted Lindsay Award for the 2013 season, which is given to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the league. This award is based on votes by the players in the league, which meant a lot to Crosby. “Yeah, certainly to be recognized by the guys you compete against night in, night out, that’s a compliment. To know that’s the way they see you as a player, to have that much respect for your season, what you did, I think that means a lot. I think any player would tell you that. I think it’s special we have this award. I think it’s an honor for anyone who’s able to win it,” Crosby said in a conference call. This is the second time that Crosby was voted by the players as the league’s most outstanding player. In 2007, he won it when it was called the Lester B. Pearson Award. Crosby won the Hart trophy in 2007 as well after his memorable season. He had another great season this year, but the results from the Hart trophy voting were a little bit different from 2007.
Crosby, 25, registered 56 points (15 goals and 41 assists) in 36 games in 2013. He led the NHL in scoring for the majority of the regular season until he broke his jaw and missed the rest of the season. His lead was so large that he held the top spot in the scoring race for 25 days while being injured. Martin St. Louis of Tampa Bay eventually took over the scoring lead and won the Art Ross trophy. Although Crosby was dominant when he was in the lineup this season, his injury took away some of his first place votes for the Hart trophy. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin ended up winning the Hart over Crosby. Ovechkin received 50 first place votes while Crosby received 46. Although Ovechkin and Crosby had the same amount of points in the regular season, Ovechkin accumulated 32 more points than Crosby in the voting for the Hart. Ovechkin led the NHL in goals with 32 this season. Although Crosby believes he had a great season, he was just honored to be a finalist for the Hart, “For the Hart, it’s one of those things when you’re in the mix,
you’re that close, it’s something you’d love to win since you’re close, you’re in the mix, it’s something that is not an automatic thing every year. I had a pretty good year this year. I don’t think I would do anything differently. I feel I had the best year I possibly could. It didn’t work out the way I wanted. I’m not going to get too upset over the fact I didn’t win it. I was in the mix. Alex had a great second half there, I ended up getting hurt and missing some time there. That’s how it works sometimes,” Crosby said in a conference call. The Hart trophy is voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Crosby’s linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz each received at least one vote for the Hart trophy.