Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews, and Connor McDavid finalists for Ted Lindsay Award

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews and Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid on Wednesday were named finalists for the 2020-21 Ted Lindsay Award.

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Ted Lindsay Award finalists: Sidney Crosby

The award, which was formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, is presented annually to the most outstanding player in the league as voted by the members of the NHL Players’ Association. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

Crosby, 33, would join Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as the only players to receive the award four or more times. Crosby won the award in 2006-07, 2012-13 and 2013-14. Gretzky won the Lester B. Pearson Award on five occasions, while Lemieux captured it four times.

Ted Lindsay Finalists
Mar 27, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during a face off against the New York Islanders during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Crosby recorded 62 points (24 goals, 38 assists) in 55 regular-season games this season.

Auston Matthews

Matthews, who is a first-time finalist for the award, captured his first Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy after leading the NHL in goals with 41 in 52 games. The 23-year-old also led the league in game-winning goals (12) and finished tied for fifth place in points (66) with Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.

“It’s really humbling to be mentioned in the same conversation with those two guys,” Matthews said of Crosby and McDavid.

Connor McDavid

McDavid, 24, has won the award on two occasions (2016-17, 2017-18) and is bidding to become the second straight Oilers player to receive the honor (Leon Draisaitl).

McDavid secured his third Art Ross Trophy after leading the league in points (105). He also had an NHL-best 72 assists to go along with 33 goals.

–Field Level Media