The NHL announced today that Alex Ovechkin is among the three finalists for the NHL’s Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s most valuable player. Ovechkin has already claimed the 2008 Art Ross and Maurice Richard Trophies, and is a likely finalist for the Lester Pearson Award as well.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla are the other Hart finalists. Ovechkin would be the first member of the Capitals to win the Hart, just as he was the first Cap to claim the Ross and Richard Trophies.
The winner of the Hart Trophy and all the other 2008 NHL award and trophy recipients will be announced Thursday, June 12 at the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special from the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.