Ovechkin Wins Third Hart TrophyPosted on June 15, 2013 by Ben Guerrero
Alex Ovechkin Wins Third Hart Trophy
Caps captain is the only active player to have won the Hart Trophy multiple times
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin won the 2012-13 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today. This marks the third time Ovechkin has been named the League’s Most Valuable Player.
The 27-year-old Moscow native is the only active player to have won the Hart Trophy multiple times (2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13) and becomes just the eighth player in NHL history to win the award three or more times, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Eddie Shore and Howie Morenz. Ovechkin was a finalist for the award in 2009-10. He earned 1,090 points for a margin of victory of 32 from a record-setting 179 ballots cast.
In 2009 Ovechkin became the first player in more than a decade to win consecutive Hart Trophies (Dominik Hasek, 1997-98) and the first non-goaltender to do so since Gretzky won eight in a row (1980-87). He became the third youngest player to win consecutive Hart Trophies, trailing only Gretzky and Orr.
scored 32 goals in 48 games this season to earn his third Richard Trophy in his
career and became the first player in the trophy’s 13-year history to win the
award three times. Ovechkin is the second Capital to lead the league in goals,
joining Peter Bondra (1994-95 and shared the lead in 1997-98) and became the
oldest player (27) to lead the league in goal scoring since Pavel Bure (29) in
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The NHL will reveal its 2012-13 award winners prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday, June 15. All 13 of the NHL postseason awards will be distributed before the opening faceoff in Game 2 Saturday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).