Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers have been nominated by the National Hockey League Player’s Association as finalists for the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award.
The award is named in honor of the former All-Star forward who was instrumental in forming the player’s association and goes to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted on by the players.
Crosby won the award last season and this marks his third time nominated for the award. The Penguins captain led the league in points with 104 points and guided the team to the second best record in the Eastern Conference. Crosby’s nomination marks the seventh year out of the last eight that a member from the Penguins has been nominated for the award.
Getzlaf was second to Crosby in points scored with 87 and a career-high 31 goals for the Ducks who also finished second in their conference. This marks the first time the Ducks captain has been nominated for the award and the second player (Corey Perry) from Anaheim to be nominated in the last four years.
Giroux finished third in scoring with 86 points for the Flyers and scored a career-high 28 goals after starting slow. This is the first nomination for Giroux who helped lead the Flyers to their sixth postseason appearance in the last seven years. Eric Lindros was the last Flyers player to win the award when he took home the award for his 1994-1995 season.
All three were named as Hart Trophy finalists last week for the league’s MVP.
The winner will be announced June 24th at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.