Penguins’ Sidney Crosby named finalist for Hart Trophy
At 31, Sidney Crosby isn’t slowing down.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain’s status among the NHL’s elite was proven again Sunday, when he was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the player judged most valuable to his team.
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov, 25, and the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, 22, are the other finalists. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards Show on June 19 in Las Vegas.
Crosby is trying to become the first player to win the Hart after starting a season 30 or older since Colorado’s Joe Sakic in 2000-01.
Crosby, who won the Hart in 2007 and ‘14, had 35 goals and 65 assists this season, tying for fifth in the NHL with 100 points. He led the team in assists and points. The Penguins’ season ended with a first-round sweep against the New York Islanders.
Crosby is a Hart finalist for the third time in the past four seasons and seventh time as a finalist overall. He is the only active player with six seasons of 100 or more points.
Mario Lemieux (1988, ‘93, ‘96) is the only three-time Hart winner in Penguins history.
Kucherov led the NHL with 128 points on 41 goals and 87 assists. McDavid, the 2017 Hart Trophy winner, was second in points, finishing with 116 on 41 goals and 75 assists.
The New Jersey Devils’ Taylor Hall won the award last season.