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Nikita Kucherov nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award 2023-2024

The National Hockey League Players’ Association today announced that the three finalists for the 2023-24 Ted Lindsay Award are forwards Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The TLA is awarded annually to “the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted on by fellow members of the NHLPA.

This season’s trio of finalists includes two previous winners, Kucherov (2018-19) and Matthews (2021-22), each seeking their second TLA, as well as MacKinnon seeking his first award in his third season as a finalist (also 2017-18, 2019-20). Kucherov and MacKinnon were announced Tuesday as finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy, while Matthews was recently named a finalist for the Selke Trophy and Lady Byng Trophy for the 2023-2024 regular season.

Formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, the TLA is the namesake of the original Players’ Association’s first president and NHLPA pioneer, Ted Lindsay. This season marks the 53rd presentation of the only NHL award voted on by the players themselves.

The three TLA finalists received the most votes among their peers based on their 2023-2024 regular season campaigns, and are listed in alphabetical order as follows:

NIKITA KUCHEROV, Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov played in 81 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2023-2024 regular season. The forward from Maykop, Adygea, Russia, set a single-season franchise record (144 points) and won his second Art Ross Trophy (also 2018-19) after leading the NHL in scoring. Kucherov led the league in assists (100) as the fifth player in NHL history to reach the century mark, while setting a new NHL record for most assists by a winger. He accounted for 50% of his team’s goals this season – the 12th time in NHL history that a player has scored. Kucherov ranked first in primary assists (62), finished first in power play points (53) and second in even-strength points (91). In his 11th year in the NHL, the forward set career highs in goals (44), assists, points and average time on ice (21:40). Kucherov is seeking his second TLA (2018-19) in six seasons.