He is now officially a finalist:
ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Hockey League announced today that Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin is one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, which is presented annually to the player judged most valuable to his team. Ovechkin joins Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin as the three finalists.
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 announced as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 12, during the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special, which will be broadcast live throughout the United States on VERSUS and in Canada on CBC from the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto.
Though it’s been reported that Ovechkin could become the first Washington MVP since 1983’s Joe Theismann, our friends in Black and Red will probably remind you that there have already been 3 MVPs (’98, ’06, and ’07) since then. The Capitals must have already been reminded since the press release stated the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB.
Last week it was announced that Nicklas Backstrom is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy.