Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be revealed Wednesday, June 19, during the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Hart Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Crosby (35-65-100 in 79 GP) reached the 100-point milestone for the sixth time in his 14 NHL seasons to propel the Penguins to their 13th consecutive playoff berth, the longest active streak in the League. Only five players in NHL history have recorded more 100-point campaigns: Wayne Gretzky (15), Mario Lemieux (10), Marcel Dionne (8), Mike Bossy (7) and Peter Stastny (7). Crosby, who ranked sixth in overall scoring, also reached the 30-goal milestone for the ninth time and 60-assist plateau for the sixth time. He picked up his 1,200th career point March 5 vs. FLA, requiring the 11th-fewest games in NHL history to achieve the feat (927 GP). A two-time Hart Trophy winner (2006-07 and 2013-14), Crosby also topped Pittsburgh forwards in both time on ice (1,658:21) and plus/minus (+18). The 31-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native – who is a Hart Trophy finalist for the seventh time – is vying to become the ninth player to win the award at least three times.