TORONTO — The MVP award voted on by NHL players is getting a makeover to honor Ted Lindsay, who fought for their rights more than 50 years ago.
The NHL Players' Association will rename the Lester B. Pearson Award for Red Wings great Ted Lindsay. An official announcement will be made at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Thursday morning.
Lindsay was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the NHLPA in the 1950s. The Hall of Famer won the Stanley Cup four times and led the NHL in scoring during the 1949-50 season.
The NHLPA's MVP award was first handed out during the 1970-71 season and named for Pearson, the former Canadian prime minister. It was one of the few major awards not named for someone associated with the league.