Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning were up for the award.
From the NHLPA on Crosby’s season:
“I would like to thank the NHL Players’ Association for recognizing me for this award,” said Sidney Crosby, the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award recipient. “It means a lot to be recognized by the guys that you compete against each and every night.”
Crosby helped lead the Penguins to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference in the 2012-13 regular season. He ranked tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), fourth in plus-minus (+26), and first in points per game (1.56).
In the history of the Award, four different Penguins players have been voted the “Most Outstanding Player” for a combined nine times. Crosby’s teammate Evgeni Malkin received the Ted Lindsay Award last season, while former Penguins forward Mario Lemieux received the Award four times (1985-86, 1987-88, 1992-93, 1995-96), and forward Jaromir Jagr received the Award twice while playing for the Penguins (1998-99, 1999-00).
Crosby’s 1.56 points per game led all NHL players. Despite just 36 games, he was without question the League’s most dominating offensive force. The players agreed.