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June 12 could prove to be a very busy night for the Washington Capitals contingent at the NHL’s 2008 Awards Presentation.
Alex Ovechkin, who has already claimed the 2008 Art Ross and Maurice Richard Trophies, today was named as one of three finalists for the Lester B. Pearson Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. Ovechkin joins Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin as the three finalists.
Ovechkin, Iginla and Malkin were earlier named as finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s most valuable player.
The news of Ovechkin’s nomination came hours after Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau was named as one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success. Caps center Nicklas Backstrom is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded each year to the league’s top rookie.
Ovechkin is the first Capital to win the Ross and Richard Trophies; he would also be the first Washington player to claim the Pearson and the Hart awards. Boudreau is seeking to join Bryan Murray (1984) as the second Caps coach to win the Adams and Backstrom is hoping to follow in Ovechkin’s footsteps as the second Caps player ever to claim the Calder. Ovechkin won the Calder in 2006.
June 12 could mark Washington’s biggest hardware haul in nearly a quarter century. In 1984, the Caps skated off with four of the league’s major awards. Rod Langway won the second of his two consecutive Norris Trophies, Doug Jarvis won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward, goaltenders Al Jensen and Pat Riggin shared the William Jennings Trophy for fewest team goals against, and Murray won the Adams.
The Caps could win as many as half a dozen trophies in Toronto six weeks from now.