Ovechkin, Green Earn Sporting News Recognition
Based on a vote of NHL players, The Sporting News has named Alex Ovechkin its NHL player of the year. Ovechkin was named at the top of 250 of 287 ballots. Expect a similar margin next month when the Hart and Pearson balloting is revealed.
Ovechkin and Caps defenseman Mike Green were also named to TSN’s NHL all-star team, also by a vote of their peers. Individuals could not vote for themselves and players could not vote for their teammates.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane was named TSN’s NHL rookie of the year, with Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom placing second in the balloting.