<meta charset="utf-8" />The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the &quot;most outstanding player&quot; in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association. The award was first handed out at the conclusion of the 1971–72 NHL season. It honors Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original Players' Association. The players' accolade will continue to be presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. Wayne Gretzky won the award five times during his career. Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the award the most number of times, with seven winners, followed by the Edmonton Oilers, with six winners. The Lindsay Award is considered to be the companion of the Hart Memorial Trophy—thirteen players have won both trophies for the same season: Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Brett Hull, Sergei Fedorov, Eric Lindros, Dominik Hasek, Jaromir Jagr, Joe Sakic, Martin St. Louis, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Of those thirteen, only Lafleur, Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr, St. Louis, Crosby, and Ovechkin have also won the Art Ross Trophy for the same season and completed a Hart-Pearson-Art Ross sweep.
The award was first presented in 1970-71 by the NHLPA in honor of the late Lester B. Pearson, former Prime Minister of Canada.
Season Winner Team Runner-Up
2013-2014 Sidney Crosby Penguins
2012-2013 Sidney Crosby Penguins
2011-2012 Evgeni Malkin Penguins
2010-2011 Daniel Sedin Canucks
2009-2010 Alex Ovechkin Capitals
2008-2009 Alex Ovechkin Capitals
2007-2008 Alex Ovechkin Capitals
2006-2007 Sidney Crosby Penguins
2005-2006 Jaromir Jagr Rangers
2003-2004 Martin St. Louis Lightning
2002-2003 Markus Naslund Canucks
2001-2002 Jarome Iginla Flames
2000-2001 Joe Sakic Avalanche
1999-2000 Jaromir Jagr Penguins
1998-1999 Jaromir Jagr Penguins
1997-1998 Dominik Hasek Sabres
1996-1997 Dominik Hasek Sabres
1995-1996 Mario Lemieux Penguins
1994-1995 Eric Lindros Flyers
1993-1994 Sergei Fedorov Red Wings
1992-1993 Mario Lemieux Penguins
1991-1992 Mark Messier Rangers
1990-1991 Brett Hull Blues
1989-1990 Mark Messier Oilers
1988-1989 Steve Yzerman Red Wings
1987-1988 Mario Lemieux Penguins
1986-1987 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
1985-1986 Mario Lemieux Penguins
1984-1985 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
1983-1984 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
1982-1983 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
1981-1982 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
1980-1981 Michael Liut Blues
1979-1980 Marcel Dionne Kings
1978-1979 Marcel Dionne Kings
1977-1978 Guy Lafleur Canadiens
1976-1977 Guy Lafleur Canadiens
1975-1976 Guy Lafleur Canadiens
1974-1975 Bobby Orr Bruins
1973-1974 Bobby Clarke Flyers
1972-1973 Phil Esposito Bruins
1971-1972 Jean Ratelle Rangers
1970-1971 Phil Esposito Bruins