Tampa Bay Lightning forward Marty St. Louis is a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding player as voted upon by members of the NHL Players' Association.
Other finalists for the 2012-13 award announced Thursday by the NHLPA were center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
The recipient will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
Crosby, Ovechkin and St. Louis are all previous winners of the award.
The Ted Lindsay Award is the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award since 1970-71. The award honors Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original players' association.
Here are the season highlights for the finalists, as provided by the NHLPA in its news release: St. Louis appeared in all 48 games for the Lightning. He led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy (2003-04), ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25), and fifth in power play assists. This marks the third consecutive year that a Lightning player has been nominated, after St. Louis' linemate Steven Stamkos was a finalist in each of the previous two seasons. St. Louis is vying for his second players' MOP award. He received the players' award in 2003-04.
Crosby appeared in 36 games and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference. He ranked tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), fourth in plus-minus (plus 26), and first in points per game (1.56). This marks the second year in a row that a Penguins player has been nominated, after Evgeni Malkin received the 2011-12 Ted Lindsay Award. Crosby is vying for his second most outstanding player award. He received the players' award in 2006-07 and was also a finalist in 2009-10.
Ovechkin appeared in all 48 games and helped lead the Capitals to a Southeast Division title. He led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy, tied for third in the league in points (56), tied for fifth in points per game (1.17) and ranked first in power play goals (16). Ovechkin is vying for his fourth MOP award. He previously received the players' award in three consecutive seasons (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), and he was also a finalist in 2005-06.