Nikita Kucherov won the Hart Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award, and the Art Ross Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, but he went home empty-handed at last night’s ESPYS – an award show started by ESPN to celebrate athletic achievement.
That’s because Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin won the ESPY award for Best NHL Player, defeating Kucherov, Nathan MacKinnon, and Connor McDavid. It’s the second year in a row Ovechkin has won in that category.
Ovechkin led the NHL in goals last season (51) winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer for an NHL-record eighth time.
ESPY winners have been determined by online voting since 2005.