In the closest race in the history of the award, Jonathan Cheechoo was named the winner of the 2005-06 PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game” Award. Sony Computer Entertainment will present a check for $2,500 to The Sharks Foundation in recognition of Cheechoo’s accomplishment.
Cheechoo scored a league-leading and franchise record 56 goals this season, including a franchise record 93 points (56-37=93). Scoring in pivotal moments, Cheechoo led the NHL in game-winning goals (11), home-ice goals (31) and divisional goals (29). His five-point performance (3-2=5) on April 15 versus Anaheim was a Sharks season-high and gave him five hat tricks on the season. He became the first player to record five or more hat tricks in a season since Mario Lemieux notched six in 1995-96.
The native of Moose Factory, Ontario became just the second aboriginal player to score more than 50 goals in a season, joining former Philadelphia Flyer Reggie Leach. Since 2003-04, Cheechoo has scored the most game-winning goals in the NHL (20) and he has the most goals among any player entering the NHL since 2002-03 (93).
During the 2005-06 season, “Cheech” was selected Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” for the month of November and January and was named the NHL Offensive Co-Player of the Week with teammate Joe Thornton
(Apr. 10 – 16). The six-foot-one, 195-pound winger earned a star in 23 games this season.
At the end of each 2005-06 regular season game, players received five points for being chosen first star, three points for second star and one point for third star as listed on the official NHL game sheet distributed by the game’s official scorekeepers. Each star is chosen by members of the media based on the player’s performance each game.
Past PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game Award” Winners:
2003-04 Patrick Marleau